Hot Topic's net sales for the five weeks ended October 4, 2003, increased 31% to $48.9 million from net sales of $37.4 million for the five weeks ended October 5, 2002. Comparable store sales increased 9.0% from fiscal September 2002.
Comparable Stores Net Sales Sales Increase (millions) % Increase This Year Last Year September $48.9 31% 9.0% 5.9% Quarter-to-date $110.4 31% 10.6% 5.6% Year-to-date $326.8 27% 6.2% 1.8%
The company also announced that as a result of the September sales performance, the company is guiding to a high-single digit comp increase for the third quarter 2003. In addition, the company is guiding to a split-adjusted earnings per share for the quarter of approximately $0.28 per diluted share, up from the previous guidance of $0.26 per diluted share.