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APRIL SALES INCREASE 3.6 PERCENT FOR THE MAY DEPARTMENT STORES COMPANY

 ST. LOUIS, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The May Department Stores Company (NYSE: MA) today reported preliminary sales of $811.4 million for the four-week period ended May 1, an increase of 3.6 percent from sales of $783.4 million during the similar four-week period last year.
 For the first quarter of fiscal 1993, sales were $2.32 billion, up 5.3 percent from sales of $2.20 billion during the same period a year ago.
 Department store sales for April were $638.0 million, an increase of 3.3 percent or $20.7 million from last year. Sales for Payless ShoeSource totaled $173.4 million, up 4.4 percent or $7.3 million from last year's similar four-week period.
 Sales were as follows:
 THE MAY DEPARTMENT STORES COMPANY
 April Sales (Millions)
 Percent Store-for-Store(A)
 1993 1992 Increase Inc/(Dec)
 Department stores $ 638.0 $ 617.3 3.3 2.3
 Payless ShoeSource 173.4 166.1 4.4 (4.0)
 TOTAL $ 811.4 $ 783.4 3.6 1.0
 Year-To-Date Sales (Millions)
 Fiscal Fiscal Percent Store-for-Store(A)
 1993 1992 Increase Inc/(Dec)
 Department stores $1,863.8 $1,775.1 5.0 3.8
 Payless ShoeSource 456.9 429.2 6.5 (1.5)
 Total $2,320.7 $2,204.3 5.3 2.8
 (A) -- Store-for-store sales represent sales of those stores open during both years.
 Sales have been restated to exclude the sales of stores which have been closed and not replaced. Year-to-date revenues, including sales of nonreplaced closed stores and finance charge revenue, were $2.42 billion in 1993 and $2.39 billion in 1992.
 The May Department Stores Company is the largest department store retailer in the United States, operating 302 department stores and 3,579 Payless ShoeSource stores.
 -0- 5/6/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Abrams of The May Department Stores Company, 314-342-6343/
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