Seasonal Goods Aid Retail

June 2005
Home Textiles Today;6/27/2005, Vol. 26 Issue 41, p15
Trade Publication
The article reports that with warm weather finally settling in across the U.S., same-store retail sales continued to run ahead of plan during the third week of June, helped by strong sales of seasonal goods. Mass merchant sales improved 4.6 percent during the week, and for the three weeks month-to-date rose 4.1 percent, surpassing targeted growth of 3.7 percent. Sales in full-price department stores and chains climbed 3 percent, breezing past a target of 2.4 percent. Moreover, Father's Day and graduation brought people into stores and drove traffic in sales of stationery, men's apparel, career wear and gift cards, all of which produce positive spill-over business in other product areas.


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