Have you been priming the pump? October same-store sales numbers were released today for a number of retailers -- and the results were mixed.

Big discounters

Costco

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and

Wal-Mart

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both reported that sales increased 5%.

Target Discount Stores, a unit of

Target

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, said its sales were up 4.1%

Department stores gave mixed reports, with

Neiman Marcus

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,

Federated Department Stores

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and

May

(MAY)

reporting increases, while

J.C. Penney

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and

Dillard's

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said sales were down. Penny also said it expects its third-quarter earnings loss to at least double.

Also, clothes retailers

AnnTaylor

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and

Abercrombie & Fitch

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reported declines, but

Talbots

(TLB)

,

Gymboree

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and

Limited

(LTD)

all saw their sales increase.