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BRADLEES REPORTS MARCH SALES

 BRAINTREE, Mass., April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Bradlees Inc. (NYSE: BLE) today reported sales of $131 million for the five weeks ending April 3, 1993, 4 percent below the prior year. Sales in comparable stores (those open a full fiscal year) were down 3 percent compared with last year.
 Year-to-date sales have decreased 3 percent over the previous year, while sales in comparable stores have decreased 2 percent.
 According to Barry A. Berman, chairman and chief executive officer, "Sales during this reporting period were adversely affected by the unusually severe weather in our trading area."
 Bradlees Inc. operates 126 discount department stores in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Bradlees' common stock is listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "BLE."
 BRADLEES MARCH SALES
 For the Period Ended
 April 3, 1993 April 4, 1992
 5 weeks 5 weeks
 Sales ($ in millions) $131 $137
 Percent decrease -4 pct. ---
 Sales decrease in
 comparable stores -3 pct. ---
 For the Nine Weeks Ended
 April 3, 1993 April 4, 1992
 Sales ($ in millions) $223 $229
 Percent decrease -3 pct. ---
 Sales decrease in
 comparable stores -2 pct.
 -0- 4/7/93
 /CONTACT: Coleman Nee of Bradlees, 617-380-8370/
 (BLE)


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