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MAY 1993 SALES INCREASE 2.8 PERCENT FOR VENTURE STORES, INC.

 O'FALLON, Mo., June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture Stores, Inc. (NYSE: VEN) reported sales for May 1993 (4 weeks ended May 29, 1993) of $130.4 million, an increase of 2.8 percent over last May (4 weeks ended May 30, 1992) sales of $126.8 million. Comparable store sales for the period increased 0.8 percent.
 Year-to-date sales (17 weeks ended May 29, 1993) were $494.0 million, an increase of 0.7 percent from $490.8 million for the same period last year (17 weeks ended May 30, 1992). Year-to-date comparable store sales decreased 2.8 percent.
 VENTURE STORES, INC.
 (MILLIONS)
 Periods ended May 29, May 30, Percent Comparable
 1993 1992 Increase Store Percent
 Increase/Decrease
 4 Weeks $ 130.4 $ 126.8 2.8 0.8
 17 Weeks $ 494.0 $ 490.8 0.7 -2.8
 Julian Seeherman, chairman and chief executive officer said, "May, while a difficult month, was the best month of our spring season to date. The more normal-like weather helped our sales of seasonal merchandise. However, we continue to be concerned about the general business climate and we are planning accordingly."
 Venture operates 93 quality discount retail stores in Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Indiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Iowa and Kentucky. Venture's common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol VEN.
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 /CONTACT: Jack Burtelow for Venture, 314-281-7800/
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