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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS DECEMBER SALES UP 17 PERCENT; SAME STORE SALES INCREASE 11 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of December increased 17 percent to $50,553,000 from $43,069,000 a year earlier, with same- store sales increasing 11 percent.
 "We are especially pleased to report strong December sales results as they represent excellent customer acceptance of seasonal goods from a lower overall inventory position than in the previous year," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "Fewer seasonal markdowns coupled with well-controlled expenses bode well for earnings. More importantly, our strong open-to-buy capacity makes us optimistic about a continuation of strong results in the spring selling season," Schaefer concluded.
 Claire's Stores, Inc., the nation's premier retailer specializing in one-stop shopping for women's fashion accessories, currently owns and operates 1,042 stores in 48 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 CLAIRE'S STORES, INC.
 (Monthly Sales to Date in 000s)
 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.
 First Quarter $51,539 $52,065 - 1 pct. - 9 pct.
 May $16,353 $16,983 - 4 pct. - 12 pct.
 June $20,009 $21,148 - 5 pct. - 14 pct.
 July $17,205 $17,791 - 3 pct. - 8 pct.
 Second Quarter $53,567 $55,922 - 4 pct. - 11 pct.
 August $19,973 $19,348 3 pct. - 4 pct.
 September $21,111 $18,206 16 pct. 8 pct.
 October $16,466 $14,895 11 pct. 5 pct.
 Third Quarter $57,550 $52,449 10 pct. 3 pct.
 November $21,134 $18,985 11 pct. 5 pct.
 December $50,553 $43,069 17 pct. 11 pct.
 Fourth Quarter
 To Date $71,687 $62,054 16 pct. 9 pct.
 Year To Date $234,343 $222,490 5 pct. - 2 pct.
 -0- 1/6/93
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
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