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CLAIRE'S STORES, INC. REPORTS JUNE SALES UP 16 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 12 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the five-week month of June increased 16 percent to $23,186,000 from $20,009,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 12 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.
 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.
 Second Quarter $42,305 $36,362 16 pct. 12 pct.
 Year-to-Date $101,357 $87,899 15 pct. 9 pct.
 "We are pleased to report these excellent June sales results which represent a continuation of strong same-store gains," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "Inventory turnover remains at a record level and markdowns are well-controlled," 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 1,047 stores in 48 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi", and "Dara Michelle".
 -0- 7/8/93
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
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