Retailers report sluggish April sales

U.S. retailers reported sluggish comparable store sales in April, as an early Easter in March, cooler weather and higher gas prices dampened consumer activity.

Menomonee Falls-based Kohl’s Corp. reported its comparable store sales decreased 3.5 percent from the four-week month ended April 30.
Kevin Mansell, Kohl’s chairman, president and chief executive officer, said, “As expected, warm March weather and an early Easter, contributed to a decline in April’s sales. Home, Accessories and Men’s all reported positive comparable store sales. From a regional perspective, the Midwest, Northeast, South Central and West outperformed the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions.”
Other retailers reporting comparable store sales included: Bon-Ton Stores Inc., down 5.0 percent; Macy’s Inc., up 1.2 percent; Target Corp., up 1.1 percent; Costco, up 4 percent; and Gap Inc., down 2.0 percent.

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