THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW 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.

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