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CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. DECLARES AUGUST SALES UP 11 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 5 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the four-week month of August increased 11 percent to $22,191,000 from $19,962,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 5 percent.
 "Back-to-School merchandise has sold well and at healthy margins," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president.
 In addition, we have recently opened new stores in Puerto Rico for the first time with three grand openings completed this month and three more expected before year end," he continued. "We believe that our concept will be well-received in Puerto Rico and strong initial sales seem to support our belief," 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 1,063 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi", and "Dara Michelle".
 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.
 April $20,668 $18,628 11 pct. 6 pct.
 First Quarter $58,052 $51,537 13 pct. 8 pct.
 May $19,119 $16,353 17 pct. 11 pct.
 June $23,186 $20,009 16 pct. 12 pct.
 July $19,472 $17,215 13 pct. 7 pct.
 Second Quarter $61,777 $53,577 15 pct. 10 pct.
 August $22,191 $19,962 11 pct. 5 pct.
 Year-to-Date $142,020 $125,076 14 pct. 8 pct.
 -0- 9/2/93
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
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