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THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD MARCH SALES EVEN WITH WINTER STORM IMPACT

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CACOA) today reported record sales of $35.8 million for its March five-week period ended April 3, an increase of 24.4 percent over sales of $28.8 million for the same period a year ago. Same-store sales for March, or sales in stores that were open in the comparable period last year, increased 10.5 percent.
 Sales of $63.3 million for the nine weeks (and year-to-date) ended April 3, 1993, represented an increase of 27.4 percent over sales of $49.7 million for the same period in 1992. The company's year-to-date same-store sales increased 15.0 percent.
 The Cato Corporation is a women's apparel specialty retailer operating under the names "Cato Fashion/Cato Plus" and "It's Fashion!" in 22 states. As of April 3, 1993, The Cato Corporation operated 529 stores compared to 495 stores at April 4, 1992. The company's shares are traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CACOA.
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 /CONTACT: V. Hollis Scott, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary, The Cato Corporation, 704-551-7266/
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