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U.S. Retail Industry Comparison of January Same Store Sales Figures 2005-2011

Year-Over-Year Comparison of January Numbers for U.S. Stores Open 12 Months

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Updated February 08, 2011
This is a comparison of the January same store sales figures reported by major U.S. retailers in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005. The percentages reported for each retail company represent the change in sales for stores open for at least 12 months, when compared to sales for stores open for at least 12 months in January of the previous year.

Very often the media, experts, and analysts draw conclusions about same store sales figure changes that occur from one month to the next in the same year. But same store sales figures do not measure month-over-month trends, so a same-year comparison is not valid.

The figures below will make a productive comparison possible for 2005 through 2011 in the month of January. This kind of year-over-year comparison is the only exercise that produces any kind of valid conclusions.

Comparison of January Same Store Sales Figures from 2005 - 2011:
Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF)
+ 8.0% -January, 2010
-  20.0% -January, 2009
+ 0.0% -January, 2008
+ 6.0 -January, 2007
+ 33.0% -January, 2006
+ 17.0% -January, 2005

Aeropostale (ARO)
+ 6.0% -January, 2010
+ 11.0 -January, 2009
+ 4.7% -January, 2008
+ 5.4% -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO)
+ 18.0% -January, 2010
-  22.0% -January, 2009
-  7.0% -January, 2008
+ 17.0% -January, 2007
+ 11.3% -January, 2006
+ 22.0% -January, 2005

Banana Republic
+ 4.0% -January, 2010
  N/A-January, 2009
+ 5.0% -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

Bath& Body Works
-  8.0% -January, 2010
  N/A -January, 2009
  N/A -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

BJs Wholesale (BJ)
+ 2.9% -January, 2010
+ 7.6% -January, 2009
+ 3.2% -January, 2008
+ 3.2% -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

Bon-Ton (BONT)
+ 5.3% -January, 2010
-  8.2% -January, 2009
-  1.3% -January, 2008
+ 6.4% -January, 2007
+ 0.9% -January, 2006
+ 8.2% -January, 2005

Buckle (BKE)
-  1.2% -January, 2010
+ 14.7% -January, 2009
+ 19.1% -January, 2008
+ 7.8% -January, 2007
+ 3.0% -January, 2006
+ 8.6% -January, 2005

Cato
-  4.0% -January, 2010
-  10.0% -January, 2009
-  2.0% -January, 2008
-  7.0% -January, 2007
+ 6.0% -January, 2006
+ 4.0% -January, 2005

Chicos FAS (CHS)
-  10.9% -January, 2009
  N/A -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

Children's Place (PLCE)
+ 12.0% -January, 2010
-  11.0% -January, 2009
+ 6.0% -January, 2008
+ 3.0% -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

CKE Restaurants
-  6.4% -January, 2010
+ 0.3% -January, 2009
  N/A -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

Costco (COST)
+ 2.0% -January, 2010 (excluding fuel)
+ 4.0% -January, 2009
+ 5.0% -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
+ 7.9% -January, 2006
+ 4.0% -January, 2005

Destination Maternity (Mothers Work - DEST)
-  8.1% -January, 2010
+ 5.1% -January, 2009
-  2.1% -January, 2008
-  6.0% -January, 2007
+ 3.9% -January, 2006
-  3.7% -January, 2005

Dillard's (DDS)
-  5.0% -January, 2010
-  12.0% -January, 2009
-  12.0% -January, 2008
-  3.0% -January, 2007
+ 3.0% -January, 2006
+ 3.0% -January, 2005

Duckwall-ALCO (DUCK)
-  2.8% -January, 2010
  N/A -January, 2009
+  20.3% -January, 2008
+ 5.2% -January, 2007
+ 5.8% -January, 2006
+ 1.5% -January, 2005

Fred's (FRED)
-  2.0%-January, 2010
-  1.9% -January, 2009
-  1.2% -January, 2008
  N/A -January, 2007
  N/A -January, 2006
  N/A -January, 2005

Gap, Inc. (GPS)
+ 2.0% -January, 2010
-  23.0% -January, 2009
-  2.0% -January, 2008
 0.0% -January, 2007
  N/A-January, 2006
-  7.0% -January, 2005

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