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THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS SALES UP 19.3 PERCENT FOR JULY AND 16.4 PERCENT FOR SECOND QUARTER

 THE CATO CORPORATION REPORTS SALES UP 19.3 PERCENT
 FOR JULY AND 16.4 PERCENT FOR SECOND QUARTER
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Cato Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: CACOA) reported sales of $24.1 million for the four weeks ended August 1, an increase of 19.3 percent over sales of $20.2 million for the comparable period ended August 3, 1991. Same store sales for July, 1992, or sales in stores that were open in the comparable month last year, increased 13.7 percent, as compared with a same store sales increase of 16.3 percent in July, 1991.
 For the second quarter ended August 1, 1992, sales were $76.6 million compared with $65.8 million for the second quarter in the previous year, an increase of 16.4 percent. Same store sales for the quarter were up 12.5 percent. The Company's year-to-date sales were $152.7 million, an 18.2 percent increase over last year's sales of $129.2 million, and same store sales increased 16.1 percent.
 The Cato Corporation is a women's apparel specialty retailer operating under the names "Cato Fashion/Cato Plus" and "It's Fashion!" in 23 states. As of August 1, 1992, The Cato Corporation operated 502 stores compared to 489 stores at August 3, 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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