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ICSC-Goldman Store Sales  
Released On 8/6/2013 7:45:00 AM For wk8/3, 2013
Store Sales - W/W change-1.6 %0.3 %
Store Sales - Y/Y2.2 %2.5 %

Cooler weather, which boosts demand for back-to-school apparel, helped to lift retail sales in the August 3 week, according to ICSC-Goldman's same-store sales index which rose 0.3 percent. The year-on-year rate of plus 2.5 percent is up 3 tenths from the prior week for its best reading since mid-June. The report notes that 12 states, late in the reporting week, launched their annual state tax holidays which is another factor helping back-to-school sales. Watch for Redbook later this morning on the Econoday calendar.

This weekly measure of comparable store sales at major retail chains, published by the International Council of Shopping Centers, is related to the general merchandise portion of retail sales. It accounts for roughly 10 percent of total retail sales.  Why Investors Care

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