Macy’s, Inc. reported total sales of $2.358 billion for the five weeks ended September 29, an increase of 2.7 percent compared with total sales of $2.297 billion in the five weeks ended Oct. 1, 2011.

On a same-store basis, Macy’s sales were up 2.5 percent in September as compared to September 2011. Same-store sales for August/September combined were up 3.6 percent in 2012 as compared to the same period in 2011. Macy’s said same-store sales increased by 2.7 percent, falling short of a 3.3 percent estimate.

“Our sales in the two-month August/September period, which includes the back-to-school season, were consistent with our positive year-to-date trend. We continue to feel good about the remainder of our fall season as we begin to ramp up receipts of fresh inventory for the cooler weather ahead,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. “Our omni-channel approach to driving sales, including more robust store fulfillment of orders that originate from other stores and online, continues to be encouraging as we deploy our company-wide inventory to satisfy customer demand in every location during the upcoming holiday season and beyond.”

For the year to date, Macy’s sales totaled $16.430 billion, up 3.7 percent from total sales of $15.839 billion in the first 35 weeks of 2011. On a same-store basis, Macy’s year-to-date sales were up 3.6 percent.

Online sales ( and combined) were up 39 percent in September and 35.8 percent year-to-date in 2012 compared to 2011. Online sales are included in the same-store sales calculation for Macy's, Inc.