NEW YORK (
) -- Retailers posted their best monthly same-store sales performance in 16 years, averaging a 9.9% surge according to
Of the 26 companies tracked, 24 topped Wall Street's forecast. Only two --
Abercrombie & Fitch
-- missed expectations.
Discounters, which include
, among others, posted an average gain of 7.8%, according to
tally. Specialty retailers like
American Eagle Outfitters
, grew 10.8%, while department stores soared 10.9%.
The weakest category was drugstores, which inched up just 1.1%.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
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