The TJX Companies, Inc. reported December 2005 sales results. Sales for the month of December, 2005, were $2.3 billion, up 11% over $2.1 billion achieved during the five-week period ended January 1, 2005. For the year to date, sales reached $15.1 billion, an increase of 7% over last year's $14.1 billion. Consolidated comparable store sales for the five-week period ended December 31, 2005, were up 6% over last year. For the 48-week, year-to-date period, consolidated comparable store sales increased 2% over last year.
Ben Cammarata, Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer of The TJX Companies, Inc., stated, “Our comparable store sales increase of 6% in December was well above our expectations. Trends were strong throughout the month and, as expected, surged during the week before Christmas. Additionally, comparable store sales results at every division were above our plans for the month. With December's robust sales and solid gross margins, we are very comfortable that fourth quarter earnings per share will meet or exceed our previously anticipated range of $.41 – $.43.”