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Same-Store Sales By the Numbers

March retail sales surge 9.9% according to TheStreet's tally.

NEW YORK (

TheStreet

) -- Retailers posted their best monthly same-store sales performance in 16 years, averaging a 9.9% surge according to

TheStreet's

tally.

Of the 26 companies tracked, 24 topped Wall Street's forecast. Only two --

Abercrombie & Fitch

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and

J.C. Penney

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-- missed expectations.

Discounters, which include

Target

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,

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Costco

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and

TJX

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, among others, posted an average gain of 7.8%, according to

TheStreet's

tally. Specialty retailers like

Gap

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,

American Eagle Outfitters

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and

Limited Brads

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, 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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