• J. Baker, Inc (Nasdaq:JBAK - news) today reported that total sales in its continuing Casual Male Big & Tall, Repp Big & Tall and Work 'n Gear divisions for the four weeks ended November 25, 2000 were $43m, compared to $39m for the four weeks ended November 27, 1999. Comparable store sales for these businesses for the month of November increased 7 per cent. Year-to-date sales for the ten months ended November 25, 2000 increased to $361m from $310m for the same period last year. Comparable store sales for these businesses for the ten- month period increased 4.7 per cent.
  • Cache Inc, (NASDAQ:CACH), a specialty chain of women's apparel stores with 214 stores open (189 Cache stores and 25 Lillie Rubin stores) and online at the company's www.cache.com website, reported November 2000 sales figures. Comparable store sales (sales for stores open at least one year or more) increased 2 per cent during the four week November 2000 period, as compared to the same period in 1999. Total sales for the four week period ended November 25, 2000 increased $1.0m or 7 per cent, as compared to the same period in Fiscal 1999. Total sales for the forty-seven week period ended November 25, 2000 were $151.8m, as compared to $137.8 for the comparable period ended November 27, 1999, which represents an increase of $14m or 10 per cent. Comparable store sales increased 3 per cent during the forty-seven week period, as compared to the same period in fiscal 1999.
  • The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc (Nasdaq: PLCE - news), today announced sales of $59.4m for the four-week period ended November 25, 2000, a 46 per cent increase from sales of $40.8m for the same period last year. Comparable store sales for the four-week period increased 13 per cent versus a 1 per cent increase in November 1999. For the forty-three week period ended November 25, 2000, the company's sales were $462.9m, an increase of 42 per cent over sales of $326.8m for the same period last year. The company's year-to-date comparable store sales increased 7 per cent on top of an 18 per cent increase in the prior-year period. The company currently operates 400 stores in 43 states and also sells its merchandise through its website located at www.childrensplace.com.

  • Christopher & Banks Corporation (Nasdaq: CHBS), formerly Braun's Fashions Corporation, today reported a 16 per cent increase in November same-store sales for its four-week period ended November 25, 2000. Total sales for the four week period ended November 25, 2000, rose 43 per cent to $20.6m from $14.4m last year. For the third quarter ended November 25, 2000, same-store sales rose 17 per cent. Total sales for the third quarter increased 44 per cent to $57.3m from $39.8m last year. For the nine months ended November 25, 2000, same-store sales rose 19 per cent. Total sales for the nine months year-to-date increased 44 per cent to $141.1m from $98.2m last year. As of November 25, 2000, the company operated 274 stores compared with 223 stores at November 27, 1999. For more information on Christopher & Banks Corporation, visit our website at www.christopherandbanks.com

  • The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp (Nasdaq:EBSC) total sales for the month ended November 25, 2000 increased 3.6 per cent over November 1999 to $71.5m. Comparable sales for November increased 0.7 per cent over last year. The top performing businesses for November include ladies' moderate sportswear, ladies' accessories, men's and ladies' coats, intimate apparel 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 in Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Elder-Beerman also operates two furniture superstores. For more information about Elder-Beerman, please visit the company's website at www.elder-beerman.com.

  • Factory 2-U Stores Inc (Nasdaq:FTUS) today announced that sales for the four week period ended November 25, 2000 increased 35.0 per cent to $54.9m compared to $40.7m for the four week period ended November 27, 1999. Comparable store sales for the four week period ended Nov. 25, 2000 increased 8.8 per cent versus an increase of 6.8% for the same period last year. For the four week period ended November 25, 2000, the company opened 13 new stores, including eight in Texas, three in California, and one each in Arizona and Oklahoma. Sales for the 43 week period ended November 25, 2000 were $416.8m compared to $322.3m for the same period a year ago, an increase of 29.3 per cent. Comparable store sales for the 43 week period ended November 25, 2000 increased 5.2 per cent versus an increase of 12.7 per cent for the same period last year. For the 43 week period ended November 25, 2000, the company opened 69 new stores and closed 13 stores.

  • The Finish Line, Inc (Nasdaq:FINL) reported net sales of $134,503,000 for the thirteen weeks ended November 25, 2000, an increase of 11 per cent over net sales of $120,777,000 for the same thirteen week period last year ended November 27, 1999. Comparable store net sales for Q3 increased 2 per cent versus a decline of 4 per cent reported for the comparable thirteen week period last year. On a year to date basis, for the thirty-nine weeks ended November 25, 2000, net sales were $471,702,000 an increase of 13 per cent) over net sales of $419,066,000 reported for same period last year ended November 27, 1999. Year to date comparable store net sales increased 2 per cent versus a decline of 3 per cent reported for the first three quarters of last year. During Q3, the company opened 9 stores, closed one store and remodeled two existing stores. Year to date, the company has opened 34 new stores, remodeled 13 existing stores and closed two stores. The company does not plan to open any new stores during Q4. As of November 25, 2000, the company operated 441 stores compared to 410 at November 27, 1999 an increase of 8 per cent percent. In addition, store square footage also increased 8 per cent to 2,674,000 square feet compared to 2,481,000 sq ft at the end of Q3 last year.

  • Footstar, Inc (NYSE:FTS) today reported that total sales for the four-week period ended November 25, 2000 increased 30.1 per cemt to $186.7m from $143.4m in the same period last year. Total sales at the company's Meldisco division increased 13.5 per cent to $117.8m from $103.8m, and total sales for the athletic segment increased 73.7 per cent to $68.9m from $39.6m. Footstar's comparable store sales for the month of November increased 13.9 per cent. Meldisco's comparable store sales increased 15.7 per cent, while comparable store sales for the athletic segment increased 9.4 per cent. For the forty-seven week period ended November 25, 2000, Footstar's total sales increased 18.2 per cent to $1,954.7m from $1,653.7m for the prior-year period. Meldisco's total sales for the year-to-date period increased 5.6 per cent to $1,150.1m from $1,089.2m for the prior-year period, while sales for the athletic segment increased 42.5 per cent to $804.6m from $564.5m in the same period last year. Footstar's comparable store sales for the forty-seven week period increased 3.7 per cent. Meldisco's comparable store sales rose 4.7 per cent, while the athletic segment's comparable store sales increased 1.8 per cent.

  • G-III Apparel Group, Ltd (Nasdaq:GIII) today announced operating results for the three and nine months ended October 31, 2000. The company reported record net sales, net income and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended October 31, 2000. Net sales increased 18.0 per cent to $88m from $74.5m during the same period last year. Net income increased 36.9 per cent to $9.5m from $6.9m in last year's comparable period. Diluted earnings per share increased 29.7 per cent to $1.31 per diluted share from $1.01 per diluted share during the same period last year. Excluding the results of the Company's BET Design Studio joint venture that was discontinued in November 1999, the company would have reported net income of $7.7m, or diluted earnings per share of $1.12, for the prior year's period. The company also reported record net income and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ending October 31, 2000. Net sales increased 25.5 per cent to $145.9m from $116.3m during the same period last year. Net income increased 104.5 per cent to $10.4m from $5.1m during last year's nine-month period. Diluted earnings per share increased 96.0 per cent to $1.47 from $0.75 during last year's nine-month period. Excluding the results of BET Design Studio, the Company would have reported net income of $6.4m, or diluted earnings per share of $0.93, for the prior year's period.

  • Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW) today said that consolidated sales (excluding sales from its closed C&R stores, US-based Moores stores and Suitmax stores) for the four and forty-three weeks ended November 25, 2000 increased 5.8 per cent and 12.9 per cent, respectively, over the prior comparable periods. Including sales from those closed stores, reported consolidated sales for the four and forty-three weeks ended November 25, 2000 increased 4.5 per cent to $109.2m (versus $104.5m in the prior comparable period) and 11.5 per cent to $995.8m (versus $892.7m in the prior comparable period), respectively. Comparable US store sales for the four weeks ended November 25, 2000 decreased 0.5 per cent versus a 6.8 per cent increase for the four weeks ended November 27, 1999. Year to date 2000 comparable store sales increased 4.8 per cent compared with an increase of 7.9 per cent for year to date 1999.

  • The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc (NYSE: NMG/A, NMG/B) said comparable revenues in the four-week period were better than recently forecast, following gradually improving sales trends in the last two weeks at Neiman Marcus Stores, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus Direct. Third week sales strengthened but remained below year-ago levels at Neiman Marcus Stores and Bergdorf Goodman. Fourth week sales rose to year-ago levels at Neiman Marcus Stores and were positive at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus Direct. In the four weeks, comparable revenues in the Specialty Retail Stores segment, which includes Neiman Marcus Stores and Bergdorf Goodman, declined 6.4 per cent. Comparable revenues in this segment were somewhat better than forecast. Comparable sales in the Direct Marketing segment rose 10.9 per cent in the four-week period, with good sales trends in the core catalogue division and particular strength in the Chef's Catalog division. Information about the company can be accessed at www.neimanmarcusgroup.com.

  • Pacific Sunwear of California Inc (Nasdaq:PSUN) reported sales of $44.9m for the four week period ended November 26, 2000, an increase of 32.0 per cent over sales of $34m for the comparable four week period ended November 28, 1999. Company same store sales increased 5.1 per cent for the period with PacSun same store sales up 4.1 per cent and d.e.m.o. same store sales up 20.9 per cent. Total sales for the first 10 months (43 weeks) of fiscal 2000 were $453.1m, an increase of 33.3 per cent over sales of $339.9m for the first 10 months (43 weeks) of fiscal 1999. Company same store sales increased 3.0 per cent for the first 10 months of fiscal 2000 with PacSun same store sales up 2.6 per cent and d.e.m.o. same store sales up 9.7 per cent. Pacific Sunwear is a leading specialty retailer of everyday casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to meet the needs of active teens and young adults. The company operated 462 PacSun stores, 47 PacSun outlet stores and 78 d.e.m.o. stores for a total of 587 stores in 48 states and Puerto Rico at Nov. 26, 2000. The company also operates an online store at www.pacsun.com.

  • The Talbots, Inc (NYSE: TLB - news) today announced total company sales for fiscal November, the four weeks ended November 25, 2000, increased 28 per cent to $122.8m from $96.2m for the four weeks ended November 27, 1999. Comparable store sales increased 21.9 per cent for the month. Year-to-date sales for the forty-three weeks ended November 25, 2000 increased 21 per cent to $1,228.9m from $1,011.5m for the forty-three week period ended November 27, 1999. Comparable store sales rose 18.0 per cent for the forty-three week period. Talbots is a leading US specialty retailer and cataloger of women's classic apparel, shoes and accessories. Talbots online shopping site is located at www.talbots.com.

  • The TJX Companies, Inc (NYSE:TJX - news) reported November 2000 sales results. Sales for the four week period ended November 25, 2000 were $892m, up 9 per cent over $820m achieved during the four week period ended November 27, 1999. For the 43 weeks ended November 25, 2000, sales reached $7,719m, an increase of 9 per cent over last year's $7,089m. Consolidated comparable store sales for the four week period ended November 25, 2000 were up 2 per cent over last year. For the 43-week year-to-date period, consolidated comparable store sales increased 2 per cent over last year. TJX's press releases are also available on the Internet at www.tjx.com.
  • West Marine, Inc (Nasdaq:WMAR) today reported that comparable store net sales for the four weeks ended November 25 increased 2.6 per cent. Total company net sales for the four weeks ended November 25, 2000 were $24.8m, an increase of 1.5 per cent from net sales of $24.4m for the same period a year ago. Comparable store net sales for the latest forty-seven weeks increased by 2.7 per cent. Net sales for the forty-seven weeks ended November 25, 2000 were $467.6m, an increase of 4.0 per cent from net sales of $449.5m for the same period a year ago. The company's online store, press releases and financial information are available at www.westmarine.com.