ALCO Stores, Inc. announced that sales from continuing operations, excluding fuel, increased 4.4 percent to $67.9 million for the fiscal five-week period ended Dec. 30, 2012, compared to $65.0 million during the same period of the prior year. On a same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales increased 1.1 percent from a year earlier.
On a year-to-date basis, sales from continuing operations, excluding fuel, increased 2.2 percent to $450.9 million for the fiscal 48-week period ended December 30, 2012, compared to $441.2 million during the same period of the prior year. On a same-store basis, excluding fuel, sales for the 48-week period decreased 1.0 percent from a year earlier.
“We are pleased with our December sales results, especially in light of the highly competitive environment and difficult economic landscape, said Rich Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers responded to our merchandise and value proposition to deliver a successful 2012 holiday season for ALCO Stores. Sales were led by increases in food and consumables, toys, housewares, domestics, gifts and stationery, as well as ladies apparel. I would also like to acknowledge our team of store associates who made a significant contribution to our success by providing improved customer service and a clean, easy-to-shop store environment.”