TJX reports April 2004 sales up

The TJX Companies, Inc., the leading off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the U.S. and worldwide, reported that sales for April 2004 were up 14 percent from the same period last year. For the year, sales were up 18 percent.

Sales for the four weeks ended May 1, 2004, were $1.093 billion, compared to $956 million for April 2003, the company said. For the thirteen weeks ended May 1, 2004, sales reached $3.3 billion, compared to last year’s $2.8 billion. Consolidated comparable store sales for the month increased 5 percent over last year, and for the year, consolidated comparable store sales increased 8 percent over last year, TJX said.

Framingham-based TJX expects to achieve first quarter earnings that are slightly higher than first predicted, said Edmond English, president and CEO. The TJX Companies, Inc. operates 753 T.J. Maxx, 679 Marshalls, 185 HomeGoods, and 102 A.J. Wright stores, as well as 31 Bob’s Stores, in the United States.

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