October 8, 2008 / 4:26 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 1-TABLE-U.S. retailers' September same-store sales

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 Oct 8 (Reuters) - The following table lists select U.S. retail companies that have reported September sales at stores open at least a year — a key retail measure also known as same-store sales — as of 1200 ET Wednesday.
 The table has the mean of analysts’ same-store sales estimates# compiled by Thomson Reuters Estimates, the actual same-store sales reported by the companies~, as well as total sales* for the month and its change over last year.
 All figures are expressed in percentage change over the same period last year, except the total sales figure.
                                   SEPTEMBER 2008
                                 Same-store sales           Total sales  Company            Symbol         Estimate#   Actual~     Value*        Change        Comments ================================================================  =========================================================== Discount Stores ————————————————————————————————  —————————————————————————————- Wal-Mart##         (WMT.N)          2.5         2.4       $36.23 bln     5.8          Comp sales were hurt by closures of
                     U.S. stores due to hurricanes.
                     Sales were strong in food and
                     medicines. It expects October U.S.
                     same-store sales to rise 1 percent
                     to 2 percent.  Target             (TGT.N)         -1.2        -3.0        $5.32 bln     2.5          Comp sales fell in the apparel and
                     home assortments segments and grew
                     in the nondiscretionary healthcare
                     and food categories. The U.S. West
                     and South were the weakest regions.
                     It expects October same-store sales
                     be flat to down 3 percent.  Costco^^          (COST.O)          7.5         7.0        $6.67 bln    10.0          While higher gasoline prices helped
                     U.S. comps, foreign exchange rates
                     hurt international same-store
                     sales.  BJ’s Wholesale^^    (BJ.N)         11.8        10.4       $892.8 mln    11.8          Sales were driven by higher
                     gasoline prices and increased sales
                     in food. Bakery, coffee, computers,
                     and dairy were among the strongest
                     departments while cigarettes,
                     electronics, jewelry, TVs and toys
                     were among the weakest. 

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