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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS JANUARY SALES UP 17 PERCENT; SAME STORE SALES GAIN 10 PERCENT

 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc. (NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of January increased 17 percent to a record $13,641,000 from $11,672,000 a year earlier, with same-store sales gaining 10 percent.
 Sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, 1993 were up 16 percent to $85,328,000 from $73,726,000 in the previous year, with same-store sales increasing 10 percent.
 Sales for the year ended Jan. 30, 1993 gained six percent to $247,988,000 from $234,162,000 in the prior year, with same-store sales declining 1 percent.
 "January sales results were in line with our expectations," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's Stores chairman and president. "Our goal to finish the year with inventories at or below $20 million has been accomplished," he continued.
 "Going forward we have the open-to-buy capacity necessary to capitalize on significant trends for spring. We continue to increase commitments to fresh goods in a gradual and disciplined manner. We will continue to emphasize strong inventory turnover and look forward to favorable sales and earnings comparisons in the forthcoming year," 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 1,038 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.
 January $13,641 $11,672 17 pct. 10 pct.
 Fourth Quarter $85,328 $73,726 16 pct. 10 pct.
 Year End $247,988 $234,162 6 pct. - 1 pct.
 -0- 2/4/93
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
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