Stein Mart, Inc.’s January same-store sales slid 2.5%. Total sales were down 4.9% to $63.8 million from $67.1 million.


 Total Sales 
(in millions) Percent Change
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Fiscal period 2009 2008 Total Sales Store Sales
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January (4 weeks) $63.8 $67.1 (-4.9)% (-2.5)%
4th quarter
(13 weeks) $341.8 $363.9 (-6.1)% (-3.8)%
Fiscal Year
(52 weeks) $1,219.1 $1,326.5 (-8.1)% (-5.6)%

For January, ladies casual sportswear, ladies Boutique, intimate apparel and the home area posted positive comparisons, while the most difficult business continued to be ladies career fashion. Once again, the Company’s stores in the Mid-West had the strongest sales performances during the month, while those along the Gulf Coast were weaker.  

“Consistent with this year’s inventory management strategy, we had significantly less clearance merchandise this January compared to January last year,” noted David H. Stovall, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Stein Mart.  “While the lack of sale merchandise was challenging in a traditionally clearance month, it did allow us to emphasize full-price selling.”

There were 267 stores in operation at January 30, 2010 as compared to 276 at the same time last year.