United Retail Group, Inc (NASDAQ-NMS: "URGI") today announced total sales in September 2000 of $37.5m compared with $35m in September 1999, a 7 per cent increase. Comparable store sales for September
2000 increased 5 per cent over a 1 per cent increase in September 1999.

Total sales for the quarter-to-date were $61.8m compared with $58.1m in the same period last year, a 6 per cent increase. Comparable store sales increased 4 per cent for the quarter-to-date over a 3 per cent
increase in the same period last year.

Total sales for the year-to-date were $269.7m compared with
$253.7m in the same period last year, a 6 per cent increase. Comparable store sales increased 4 per cent for the year-to-date over a 2 per cent increase in the same period last year.

United Retail Group, Inc is a specialty retailer of large-size
women's fashion apparel, footwear and accessories featuring AVENUE
brand merchandise. The company operates 505 AVENUE stores with
2,092,000 sq ft of selling space.