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CLAIRE'S STORES DECLARES SEPTEMBER SALES UP 12 PERCENT; SAME STORE SALES INCREASE 6 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the five-week month of September increased 12 percent to $23,570,000 from $21,109,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 6 percent.
 "We are pleased to report this excellent same-store sales gain as it comes on top of a more difficult comparison caused by the turnaround in sales results that began in September a year ago," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president.
 "This gives us confidence that we can sustain favorable sales and earnings comparisons in the balance of the fiscal year," 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 1,067 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 000's)
 Total Same-Store
 Reporting Change FY1994 FY1993 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.
 September $23,570 $21,109 12 pct. 6 pct.
 Quarter-to-Date $45,761 $41,071 11 pct. 5 pct.
 Year-to-Date $165,590 $146,185 13 pct. 8 pct.
 -0- 10/7/93
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, 305-433-3900/
 (CLE)


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