Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc. said same-store sales in October,which exclude sales at stores open less than a year, could havebeen down an additional 2.9 percentage points without an atypicalfall sale that occurred the first week of October. Preliminaryresults for all of the third quarter foretell a 5.8% slip from lastyear, with nine-month numbers off by a less significant 2.7%.

Overall sales in October of $424.9 million were off just 1.7%from last year. Preliminary sales totals for the third-quarter as awhole are off 1.9% from last year to $1.2 billion, withyear-to-date sales actually up 3.4% to $4 billion. The companyexpects to report final third-quarter results Nov. 15.

Costco Wholesale Corp. of Issaquah is reporting net revenue of$2.83 billion for the four weeks ended Nov. 4, an increase of 13%when compared to the same period in 2000. Net sales for the firstnine weeks of its 2002 fiscal year, $6.09 billion, were 11% higherthan the comparable period last year.

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