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GOTTSCHALKS ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER SALES RESULTS

 GOTTSCHALKS ANNOUNCES SEPTEMBER SALES RESULTS
 FRESNO, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Gottschalks Inc. (NYSE: GOT)


announced that September 1992 sales increased 8.7 percent to $26.9 million from $24.8 million for the prior year period. Same store sales for the September period increased 3.3 percent. For the thirty-five week 1992 period to date, total sales increased 6.3 percent to $193.1 million from $181.6 million for the year earlier thirty-five week period. Same store sales on a year-to-date basis declined 0.8 percent over the prior year.
 James Clifford, executive vice president, chief financial officer, stated, "Comparative store sales in September benefited from a strong Mens, cosmetics and Junior business. The improvement in September sales brought comparative store sales year-to-date to essentially a break-even with last year."
 Sales results are summarized as follows:
 Same Store
 Oct. 3, Oct. 5, Total pct. Sales Increase/
 1992 1991 Increase (Decrease)
 (Figures in thousands, except percentages)
 Sales, five
 weeks ended $ 26,936 $ 24,783 8.7 3.3
 Sales, thirty-
 five weeks
 ended $193,114 $181,614 6.3 (0.8)
 Gottschalks is a regional department store chain, currently operating 25 department stores and 22 specialty apparel stores in California; Tacoma, Wash. and Klamath Falls, Ore. Gottschalks offers moderate to upper moderately priced brand-name fashion merchandise, and is in its eighty-eighth year of continuous family management.
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 /CONTACT: James R. Clifford of Gottschalks, 209-434-8000/
 (GOT) CO: Gottschalks Inc. ST: California IN: REA SU: ERN


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