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BUFFALO STOCK SPOTLIGHT

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
The department store chain, which has nine stores in Western New York, said sales for the five weeks ended Oct. 4 totaled $61.6 million, 8 percent ahead of a year ago. Comparable store sales were up 10.2 percent. Most of the nation's other department store chains had lackuster sales for the period. Bon-Ton's stock jumped on the news.
Common stock data
Latest close .... $13.75
52-week range .... $4.82 1/2 - $14.62 1/2
Dividend .... None
P/E ratio .... 18.6
Beta .... .48
Average daily volume .... 18,440
Financial data
Annual profit .... $6.8 million
Annual sales .... $626.5 million
Earnings per share
latest 12 months .... 74
Estimated EPS for 1997 .... 72.3
Key financial ratios
Profit margin .... 3.15%
Return on equity .... 6.32%
Debt to assets .... 43.1%
What a key exec says
"Targeted promotional events and continued widespread customer acceptance of our change in mix toward 'better' brands were key drivers in the sales increase."
-- Michael L. Gleim, chief operating officer SOURCES: Bloomberg News; Zack's Investment Research.

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