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THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD SEPTEMBER SALES UP 40.6 PERCENT

 THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD SEPTEMBER SALES UP 40.6 PERCENT
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CACOA) today reported record sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 3, 1992 of $28.9 million, compared with $20.5 million for the same period a year ago, an increase of 40.6 percent. Same-store sales for September 1992, or sales in stores that were open in the comparable month last year, increased 32.4 percent compared with a 13.9 percent same-store sales increase for the same period a year ago.
 Sales of $207.1 million for the thirty-five weeks ended Oct. 3, 1992 were 22.2 percent greater than sales of $169.5 million for the like period in 1991. The Company's year-to-date same-stores sales increased 18.3 percent, compared with a year-to-date same-store sales increase of 14.5 percent through September 1991.
 The Cato Corporation is a women's apparel specialty retailer operating under the names "Cato Fashions/Cato Plus" and "It's Fashion!" in 23 states. As of Oct. 3, 1992, The Cato Corporation operated 502 stores compared to 489 stores at Oct. 5, 1991. 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 Secretary, The Cato Corporation, 704-551-7266/
 (CACOA) CO: The Cato Corporation ST: North Carolina IN: REA SU:


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