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BUFFALO STOCK SPOTLIGHT

The Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
The 64-store York, Pa.-based department store chain this week reported a net loss of $711,000, or 5 cents per share in the second quarter of its 1998 fiscal year, an improvement over the year-ago loss of $968,000, or 9 cents per share. Executives said that what started as a "disappointing" experience for their stores in the Buffalo area has turned much more positive over the past 18 months.
Common stock data
Latest close .... $11.12
52-week range .... $8.83 - $18
Dividend .... None
P/E ratio .... 10.7
Beta .... .84
Average daily volume .... 100,589
Financial data
Annual profit .... $9.25 million
Annual sales .... $656 million
Earnings per share
latest 12 months .... 96
Estimated EPS for 1999 .... 93
Key financial ratios
Profit margin .... 4.09%
Return on equity .... 7.84%
Debt to equity .... 56.2%
What a key exec says
"Our consistent comparable store sales growth relects the ongoing roll-out of our merchandising and marketing initiatives, as we continue to serve secondary markets as the premier local fashion retailer."
-- Michael L. Gleim, vice chairman and COO
SOURCE: Bloomberg News; Zacks Investment Research

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