Leading footwear and accessories retailer, Shoe Carnival Inc, on Tuesday announced November sales increased 12.7 per cent to $38.1 million from $33.8m for the year ago period, with comparable store sales up 3.8 per cent.

Total sales for the first 10 months of 2001 increased 16.1 per cent to $394.1m from $339.5m in the first 10 months of last year, while comparable store sales increased by 2.2 per cent for the 43-week period.

Mark Lemond, president and chief executive officer, stated, "In a difficult retail environment we continue to generate positive comparable store sales. Warm weather in the Midwest negatively impacted the sale of cold weather product, especially boots.

"Athletic product continues to sell very well and has resulted in a stronger sales trend than we had originally anticipated. Looking ahead we expect boot sales to significantly improve with the return of cooler weather."

Shoe Carnival operates 183 footwear stores throughout the Midwest, south and southeast, of the United States.