Federated Department Stores, Inc (NYSE:FD) (PCX:FD) today reported total sales of $1.633bn for the five weeks ended September 30, 2000, an increase of 2.2 per cent from total sales of $1.598bn for the same period last year. On a comp store basis, Federated's September sales increased 2.9 per cent.

For the first 35 weeks of 2000, Federated's sales totaled $11.002bn, an increase of 5.2 per cent over total sales of $10.458bn for the same period last year. On a comp store basis, Federated's year-to-date sales are up 2.4 per cent.

About Federated
Federated, with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the US's leading department store retailers, with annual sales of more than $17.7bn. Federated currently operates more than 400 department stores in 33 states under the names of Bloomingdale's, The Bon Marché, Burdines, Goldsmith's, Lazarus, Macy's, Rich's and Stern's. Federated also operates the Fingerhut, Bloomingdale's By Mail, Macy's By Mail, macys.com and bloomingdales.com direct-to-consumer catalog and electronic commerce subsidiaries.