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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS APRIL SALES INCREASE 14 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 4 PERCENT

 CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS APRIL SALES INCREASE 14 PERCENT;
 SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 4 PERCENT
 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., May 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of April increased 14 percent to $18,641,000 from $16,335,000 a year earlier, with same- store sales increasing 4 percent.
 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC.
 (Monthly Sales to Date in 000's)
 FY FY Total Same-Store
 Reporting Change 1993 1992 Change Change
 February $14,071 $14,148 - 1 pct. - 9 pct.
 March $18,827 $21,582 -13 pct. -20 pct.
 April $18,641 $16,335 14 pct. 4 pct.
 Year to Date $51,539 $52,065 - 1 pct. - 9 pct.
 "We are pleased to report our first positive same-store comparison in more than a year," states Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "These April results represent a solid sell through of Easter goods. Our business remains well-controlled with fewer markdowns, better turns, and lower overhead per store than in the previous 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 1,000 stores in 47 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 -0- 5/7/92
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum, director of financial relations of Claire's Stores, 305-433-3900/
 (CLE) CO: Claire's Stores, Inc. ST: Florida IN: REA SU:


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