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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS DECEMBER SALES UP 15 PERCENT; SAME-STORE SALES INCREASE 9 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the five-week month of December increased 15 percent to $57,902,000 from $50,545,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales increasing 9 percent.
 "We are pleased to report these excellent same-store sales results during the all important Christmas selling season," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "We continue to turn our inventory very efficiently and with fewer markdowns than the previous year. Strong sell through of seasonal goods bodes well for fourth quarter earnings and our overall inventory position should be excellent as we enter the new 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 1,093 stores in 48 states and the Caribbean, 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.
 October $19,498 $16,476 18 pct. 11 pct.
 Third Quarter $65,259 $57,547 13 pct. 7 pct.
 November $23,421 $21,136 11 pct. 4 pct.
 December $57,902 $50,545 15 pct. 9 pct.
 Quarter-to-Date $81,323 $71,681 13 pct. 7 pct.
 Year-to-Date $266,411 $234,342 14 pct. 8 pct.
 -0- 1/6/94
 /CONTACT: David A. Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, 305-433-3900/
 (CLE)


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