Important industry retailer Zumiez reported this morning that same store sales, a key metric of a retailer’s performance, rose 5.6% in the important back-to-school month of September.
In August, also a popular time for school shopping, comps rose 3.7%.
Strong categories in September included footwear, men’s, junior’s and hardgoods.
Weak categories were accessories and boys.
Comps by week were:
The dollars per transactions increased, while the number of transactions decreased.
Year to date, Zumiez comps are up 8.8%. The company has forecast a 3% to 5% comp increase for Q3.
The company ended the period with 489 stores, and 433 of those were included in the comp store calculations.