THE ASSOCIATED PRESSNEW YORK (AP) ¿ Here are the changes in same-store sales between March 2008 and March 2009 that retailers in four sectors reported. ¿ APPAREL AND TEEN-ORIENTED CHAINS Abercrombie & Fitch Co. -34 pct Aeropostale Inc. 3 pct American Apparel Inc. -11 pct American Eagle Outfitters Inc. -16 pct The Buckle Inc. 14.7 pct Cato Corp. -6 pct The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc. -2 pct Gap Inc. -8 pct Hot Topic Inc. 7.1 pct Limited Brands Inc. -9 pct
Ross Stores Inc. 3 pct Stein Mart Inc. -1.4 pct TJX Cos. 2 pct Wet Seal Inc. -11.4 pct Zumiez Inc. -17.9 pct ¿ DISCOUNTERS BJ's Wholesale Club Inc. -0.1 pct Costco Wholesale Corp. -5 pct Target Corp. -6.3 pct Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 1.4 pct ¿ DEPARTMENT STORES Bon-Ton Stores Inc. -11.2 pct Dillard's Inc. -19 pct Fred's Inc. 1.9 pct J.C. Penney Co. -7.2 pct
Kohl's Corp. -4.3 pct Neiman Marcus Group Inc. -30 pct Nordstrom Inc. -13.5 pct Macy's Inc. -9.2 pct Saks Inc. -23.6 pct Stage Stores Inc. -15 pct ¿ DRUG STORES Rite Aid Corp. -0.7 pct Walgreen Co. 1.5 pct NOTE: Nationwide, same-store sales, considered a key retail industry metric because they exclude sales at stores that have opened or closed during the year, fell 1.8 percent between March 2008 and last month, according to Thomson Reuters. Excluding results from Wal-Mart Stores Inc., same-store sales fell 5 percent, Thomson Reuters said. The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs reported Thursday that overall same-store sales fell 2.1 percent. But once they accounted for the hit this year's results took from Easter falling in April instead of March, they said, same-store sales rose 1 percent.