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THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS SALES INCREASE OF 31.5 PERCENT FOR FEBRUARY; SAME-STORE SALES UP 20.9 PERCENT

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CACOA) today reported that its February sales for the four weeks ended Feb. 27, 1993 were $27.5 million compared with $20.9 million for the same period a year ago, an increase of 31.5 percent. Same-store sales for February 1993, or sales in stores that were open in the comparable month last year, increased 20.9 percent compared with a 31.2 percent same-store sales increase for February 1992.
 February is the first month of the Company's fiscal year, and, therefore, monthly and year-to-date results are the same.
 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 Feb. 27, 1993, The Cato Corporation operated 505 stores compared to 487 stores at Feb. 29, 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 Secretary, The Cato Corporation, 704-551-7266/
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