Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today reported that its net retail sales for the five weeks ended September 30, 2000 increased 8.1 per cent to $3.068bn from $2.837bn a year ago. Comparable store sales increased 2.9 per cent from the same period a year ago."Sales for the corporation were essentially on plan for the month ofSeptember," said Bob Ulrich, chairman and chief executive officer of Target Corporation.Target Corporation operates large-store general merchandise formats,including discount stores, moderate-priced promotional and traditionaldepartment stores. The company currently operates 1,273 stores in 45 states.This includes 942 Target stores, 267 Mervyn's stores and 64 Department Stores.Target Corporation news releases are available through Company News onCall by fax at 800-758-5804 extension 342677 or at