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MARCH 1992 SALES INCREASE 15.9 PERCENT FOR VENTURE STORES INC.

MARCH 1992 SALES INCREASE 15.9 PERCENT FOR VENTURE STORES INC.
 O'FALLON, Mo., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture Stores Inc. (NYSE: VEN) reported sales for March 1992 (five weeks ended April 4, 1992) of $152.1 million, an increase of 15.9 percent over last year (five weeks ended April 6, 1991) sales of $131.2 million. Comparable store sales for the period increased 3.4 percent over the same period last year.
 Year-to-date sales through March 1992 were $246.2 million, an increase of 15.7 percent from the $212.8 million for the March 1991 year-to-date period. Year-to-date comparable store sales increased 6.3 percent.
 (Millions)
 Periods Ended
 April 4, April 6, Percent Comparable Store
 1992 1991 Increase Percent Increase
 5 weeks $ 152.1 $ 131.2 15.9 3.4
 9 weeks $ 246.2 $ 212.8 15.7 6.3
 Commenting on March sales, Julian Seeherman, chairman and chief executive officer said, "We are extremely pleased with our March sales results. Particularly strong sales performances were in basic categories such as mens and womens underwear, jeans, consumables and housewares. In addition, accessories, gold jewelry, lifestyle furniture, patio furniture and hardware also posted strong sales results. With the shift of the Easter holiday from March last year to April this year, the overall sales mix of the business will shift as well, and our apparel mix should be stronger in April. We continue to benefit from strong consumer interest in basic, value priced merchandise."
 Venture operates 91 quality discount retail stores in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Kentucky. Venture is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VEN.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Burtelow of Venture Stores Inc., 314-281-7800/
 (VEN) CO: Venture Stores Inc. ST: Missouri IN: REA SU: ERN


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