Sales at The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp (Nasdaq: news) were $53.1 million for the five-week period ended July 7, 2001, a total increase of 1.9 per cent over the five week period ended July 1, 2000.

Comparable store sales increased 0.2 per cent compared to the same period last year. The best performing businesses in June were ladies' special size sportswear, juniors, intimate apparel, children's and furniture.

The nation's ninth largest independent department store chain, The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio and operates 63 stores.