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CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS MARCH SALES UP 16 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 10 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of March increased 16 percent to $21,869,000 from $18,847,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 10 percent.
 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC.
 (Monthly Sales to Date in 000s)
 Total Same-Store
 Reporting Change FY 1994 FY 1993 Change Change
 February $15,515 $14,062 10 pct. 6 pct.
 March $21,869 $18,847 16 pct. 10 pct.
 YEAR TO DATE $37,384 $32,909 14 pct. 8 pct.
 "We are pleased to report these excellent March sales results especially in view of the poor weather which temporarily closed many stores and adversely impacted sales for most retailers during the second week," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "Strong sell through of seasonal goods has allowed sales and markdowns to remain on plan despite the bad weather," he concluded.
 Claire's Stores, Inc., the nation's premier retailer specializing in one-stop shopping for women's fashion accessories, currently owns and operates 1,038 stores in 48 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi", and "Dara Michelle".
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 /CONTACT: David A. Buchsbaum, director of financial relations of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
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