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CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS JULY SALES RESULTS

 CLAIRE'S STORES REPORTS JULY SALES RESULTS
 PEMBROKE PINES, Fla., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Claire's Stores, Inc.


(NYSE: CLE) today reported net sales for the month of July decreased 3 percent to $17,205,000 from $17,791,000 a year earlier, with same- store sales declining 8 percent.
 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.
 Year To Date $105,106 $107,987 - 3 pct. - 11 pct.
 "Despite sluggish mall traffic seasonal goods are selling through with much fewer markdowns and sales trends show gradual but meaningful improvement prior to entering the important back-to-school selling season," stated Rowland Schaefer, Claire's chairman and president. "With improved margins and good expense control we look forward to reporting second quarter results later this month," 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 1,008 stores in 47 states, primarily under the names "Claire's Boutiques", "Topkapi" and "Dara Michelle".
 -0- 8/6/92
 /CONTACT: David Buchsbaum, director of financial relations of Claire's Stores, Inc., 305-433-3900/
 (CLE) CO: Claire's Stores, Inc. ST: Florida IN: REA SU:


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