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BRADLEES REPORTS DECEMBER SALES

 BRAINTREE, Mass., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bradlees, Inc. (NYSE: BLE) today reported sales of $342 million for the five weeks ending Jan. 1, 1994, vs. $340 million in the prior year. Sales in comparable stores (those open a full fiscal year) were down 2% compared with last year.
 Year-to-date sales have increased 3% from the previous year, and sales in comparable stores were up 1%.
 Bradlees, Inc. operates 126 discount department stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Bradlees' common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BLE."
 For the Period Ended
 Jan. 1, 1994 Jan. 2, 1993
 5 weeks 5 weeks
 Sales ($ in millions) $342 $340
 % Increase even ---
 Sales decrease in
 comparable stores -2% ---
 For the Forty-Eight Weeks Ended
 Jan. 1, 1994 Jan. 2, 1993
 Sales ($ in millions) $1,797 $1,749
 % Increase 3% ---
 Sales increase in
 comparable stores 1% ---
 -0- 1/6/94
 /CONTACT: Coleman Nee of Bradlees, 617-380-8370/
 (BLE)


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