Stage Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SSI) today reported that total sales for the five week September period ended September 29, 2012 increased 13.7% to $134 million from $118 million in the prior year five week September period ended October 1, 2011. Comparable store sales for the September period increased 11.1%. The Company noted that it was reporting its sales results earlier than normal due to its participation at the Telsey Advisory Group’s Fall Consumer Conference on October 2, 2012. Every merchandise category achieved a comparable store sales increase during September, with footwear, home & gifts, junior sportswear, misses sportswear, petites and plus sizes leading the way with gains that exceeded the Company average. Geographically, the South Central, Southwest and Northeast regions all outperformed.
|Comparable Store Sales||Total Sales|
|% Increase (Decrease)||($ in Millions)|
|Year-To-Date (8 Mos)||5.2||0.1||1,005||930|
Store Activity The Company also reported today that it opened new Goody’s stores in Morehead City, NC and Decatur, AL. New Steele’s stores were also opened in Nacogdoches and Ft. Stockton, TX, Greenwood, MS and Emporia, KS.About Stage Stores Stage Stores, Inc. operates primarily in small and mid-sized towns and communities. Its stores, which operate under the Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles, Stage and Steele’s names, offer moderately priced, nationally recognized brand name apparel, accessories, cosmetics and footwear for the entire family. The Company operates 842 stores in 40 states. The Company also has an eCommerce website. For more information about Stage Stores, visit the Company’s web site at www.stagestoresinc.com.