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SEPTEMBER 1992 SALES INCREASE 10.5 PERCENT FOR VENTURE STORES, INC.

SEPTEMBER 1992 SALES INCREASE 10.5 PERCENT FOR VENTURE STORES, INC.
 O'FALLON, Mo., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Venture Stores, Inc. (NYSE: VEN) reported sales for September 1992 (five weeks ended Oct. 3, 1992) of $142.7 million, an increase of 10.5 percent over last year (five weeks ended Oct. 5, 1991) sales of $129.1 million. Comparable store sales for the month increased 0.8 percent over last year.
 Year-to-date sales through September 1992 were $1,019.7 million, an increase of 14.1 percent from $893.4 million for the same period last year. Year-to-date comparable store sales were up 4.3 percent.
 VENTURE STORES, INC.
 (In Millions)
 Periods ended 10/3/92 10/5/91 Percent Comparable Store
 Increase Percent Increase
 5 WEEKS $ 142.7 $ 129.1 10.5 0.8
 35 WEEKS $ 1,019.7 $ 893.4 14.1 4.3
 Commenting on September sales, Julian Seeherman, chairman and chief executive officer said, "September was a disappointing month. The unseasonably warm weather in the middle of the month, during our biggest promotional event of the quarter, was the major reason for the sales shortfall for the month. The later Labor Day accelerated sales in the early part of the month, but as the weather warmed, sales deteriorated. Strong categories for the month were school supplies, denim for the entire family, shoes and household consumables. We continue to see a difficult retail environment, notwithstanding the fluctuations of the weather, and we are continuing to plan conservatively."
 Venture operates 92 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 of Venture Stores, Inc., 314-281-7800/
 (VEN) CO: Venture Stores, Inc. ST: Missouri IN: REA SU: SM -- NY011 -- 0295 10/08/92 09:11 EDT
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