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AMES REPORTS SEPTEMBER SALES

 ROCKY HILL, Conn., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ames Department Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMES) announced today net sales of $197.6 million for the five weeks ended Oct. 2, 1993, compared with net sales of $232.5 million for the five weeks ended Sept. 26, 1992.
 Net sales for the 35-week year-to-date period were .?282 billion, compared with net sales of $1.487 billion in the year-earlier period. September 1993 and year-to-date sales were based on the current 309- store chain, compared with September 1992 and prior year-to-date net sales, which represented 369 stores.
 Comparable-store sales for the September five-week period were $197.6 million, compared with $202.5 million in the same period last year, a decrease of 2.4 percent on a 309-store base. Comparable-store sales for the year-to-date period were $1.282 billion, compared with $1.292 billion in the year-earlier period, a decline of 0.8 percent.
 Peter Thorner, Ames' president and chief operating officer, said, "Our principal focus continues to be the maintenance of an improved gross margin rate and earnings levels, both of which are better than last year."
 Ames operates 309 discount department store in 14 Northeastern states.
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 /CONTACT: Marge Wyrwas of Ames Department Stores, 203-257-2659, or Andrea Priest of Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart, 212-880-5272/
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