August Retailers' Sales
Wet Seal said net sales increased 12.7% to $51.2m compared with sales of $45.4m the year before. Same-store sales increased 8.7%.
United Retail Group has said net sales increased 2% to $26.4m in August from $25.8m last year. Same-store sales, meanwhile, increased 3%.
Stein Mart said net sales decreased 2.5% to $95.7m from $98.1m as same-store sales decreased 2.8% compared to a 5.3% increase in 2005.
Mothers Work said net sales increased 1% on a preliminary basis to $46.5m
from $46.1m while same-store sales increased about 5% compared to a decrease of 0.5% in 2005.
Citi Trends said net sales increased 31.5% to $32.6m from $24.8m in 2004
as same-store sales increased 13.7% compared to a 20.3% increase previously.
American Eagle Outfitters said net sales increased 16% to $276.6m from $237.8m the year before. Same-store sales increased 11%.
Stage Stores’ net sales increased 15.8% to $128.8m from $111.2m, while same-store sales increased 3.8% compared to an increase of 1.5% last year.
The Buckle said net sales decreased 5.0% to $51.5m compared to $54.2m the year before. Same-store sales decreased 8.5%.
Dress Barn said net sales increased 7% to $101.7m compared to $95.3m previously as same-store sales increased 2%.
Wilsons The Leather Experts said net sales were $15.8m compared to $19.1m previously as same-store sales decreased 18.5% compared to a 7.9% decrease the year before.
Pacific Sunwear of California said total sales decreased 4.0% to $168.8m from $175.7m last year as same-store sales decreased 9.4%.
New York & Company’s net sales increased 5.3% to $76.8m from $72.9m while same-store sales increased 1.0% compared to a 13.4% decrease a year ago.
Cache said net sales decreased 3% to $16.5m while same-store sales increased 4%.
Apparel maker Guess? said that total August retail sales increased 8.8% to $58.2m, from $53.4m during the same period in 2005. Same-store sales increased 4.0% for the month.
Saks said that total sales fell 36.5%, and same-store sales increased 3.3% during the month of August.
Kohl’s reported today that sales for the four-week period of August increased 13.1%, compared with the same month in 2005. On a same-store basis, sales increased 5.2%.
Chico's said net sales increased 10.5% to $112.2m from $101.5m previously. Same-store sales for company-owned stores decreased 2.6%.
Limited Brands said net sales increased 11% in August to $638.8m compared to net sales of $575.3m a year ago. Same-store sales increased 9%.
Nordstrom said net sales were up 9.3% to $517.0, on a preliminary basis, compared to $473.0m a year ago. Same-store sales, meanwhile, increased 7.1%.
Christopher & Banks said net sales increased 15% during the month to $38.6m from $33.6m. Same-store sales increased 5%.
AnnTaylor Stores said net sales increased 11.2% to $149.2m which compared to net sales of $134.1m. Same-store sales increased 1.9% compared to a 3.7$ increase before.
Abercrombie & Fitch said net sales increased 22% to $351.3m from $287.4m while same-store sales increased 6%.
Aeropostale said net sales increased 16.6% to $159.1m from $136.5m as same-store sales increased 3.3% compared to last year's 1.3% increase.
Ross Stores' net sales wee $425m, a 10% increased from $388m the year before. Same-store sales increased 3% compared to last year's 13% increase.
The Cato Corporation said net sales increased 10% to $60.4m from $54.9m. Same-store sales increased 4%.
Gap Inc reported net sales of $1.15bn for the four-weeks to 26 August – down 2% compared with the $1.17bn posted in the same period last year. The company's comparable store sales for August 2006 fell 7% compared with a 9% decrease in August 2005. By division, same-store sales at Gap North America fell by 11% percent, Old Navy North America was down by 8%, and Gap International was unchanged. The one bright spot was Banana Republic North America, where same-store sales rose by 2%.
Bebe stores posted retail sales of $49.2m for the four-week period, an increase of 25.5% compared to sales of $39.2m during August 2005, while same-store sales increased 12.5%.
Zumiez said net sales in August were $33.7m compared to $24.7m on a same-store increase of 4.7% compared to $9.4% a year ago.
School Answering Machine
(This is hilarious - no wonder some people were offended!) This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School, California, staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine. This is the actual answering machine message for the school. This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework. The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades - even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough schoolwork to pass their classes.
The outgoing message:
"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In
order to assist you in connecting to the right staff member, please listen to all
the options before making a selection:
* To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1
* To make excuses for why your child did not do his work- Press 2
* To complain about what we do - Press 3
* To swear at staff members - Press 4
* To ask why you didn't get information that was already enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5
* If you want us to raise your child - Press 6
* If you want to reach out and touch, slap or hit someone - Press 7
* To request another teacher, for the third time this year - Press 8
* To complain about bus transportation - Press 9
* To complain about school lunches - Press 0
* If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework and that it's not the teachers' fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!
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Two men were arrested for allegedly burglarizing the Big Apple Market in Spring City while wearing boys briefs on their heads and wheeling the store’s safe away along Wassom Memorial Highway on an old lawnmower.
The 28 year-old-men walked along Wassom Memorial Highway to the Big Apple where they reportedly used a chunk of concrete block to break a window in the store, then ran away. They then watched to see if the police
responded. They waited a while and then went back, broke some more windows and ran away again.
Emboldened by the lack of police response, the two men went back to the store a third time at about 2 a.m. Wednesday. They pulled boys briefs over their heads and put socks on their hands and entered the store through one of the broken windows.
They found the store’s drop safe underneath a cabinet and pushed the 200-pound metal box to the back door of the store. They also grabbed three cartons of cigarettes along the way.
Feeling confident, the burglars then removed their brief masks and sock gloves and attempted to load the safe onto an old grocery cart at the back door which collapsed under the load.
While the store was not equipped with an alarm system, the store owner installed perhaps the best video surveillance system in the county last year.
After about 20 minutes of unsuccessfully attempting to figure out a way to make off with their cumbersome haul, the duo apparently gave up and trudged home, discouraged.
Then one of the men decided to "borrow" one of his neighbors old lawnmower, minus its motor.
There they were able to load the safe onto the deck of the mower and proceeded to trundle the safe along Wassom Memorial Highway for about 150 yards at 2:30 a.m. They stopped in a playground area at the apartment complex and proceeded to beat on the safe with a tire iron. They managed to pry the door off the safe to find $1635.
Later that morning, the store owner reported the burglary and turned over the
surveillance tapes to the police who immediately recognized one of the men.
Both men confessed to the crime and were charged with burglary and theft of property valued at more than $1,000.
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