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SEARS REPORTS AUGUST SALES

 SEARS REPORTS AUGUST SALES
 CHICAGO, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sears Merchandise Group today


reported that total domestic store sales for the four weeks ended Aug. 29 were $1.83 billion, 42 percent above the $1.76 billion in the same period last year. Comparable domestic store sales were 3.5 percent higher for the period.
 Retail store sales were led by increases in laundry, home office equipment, furniture, floorcoverings, men's and women's sportswear and accessories, hardware, and lawn and garden equipment and other summer seasonal merchandise. Sales of automotive products and services continued to be down about 15 percent from year-ago-levels.
 Gross revenues for the reporting period were $2.60 billion, 1.4 percent above last year.
 For the 30 weeks ended Aug. 29, Sears Merchandise Group reported gross revenues of $18.28 billion, 0.3 percent below the $18.34 billion in the same period of 1991.
 Sears Merchandise Group
 4 Weeks 30 Weeks
 1992 $ 2,604,297,155 $ 18,282,306,553
 1991 2,567,400,984 18,341,524,610
 Change 36,896,171 (59,218,057)
 Percent Change 1.4 (0.3)
 Comparable Domestic Stores Change 3.5 0.9
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 /CONTACT: Gordon L. Jones of Sears, Roebuck and Co., external communications, 312-875-4726/
 (S) CO: Sears, Roebuck & Co. ST: Illinois IN: REA SU:


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