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  • 7-Eleven, Inc. reported that total October 2004 sales were $1,082.5 million, an increase of 14.8 percent over the October 2003 total of $942.8 million. U.S. same-store merchandise sales increased 5.5 percent, on top of a 3.1 percent increase for 2003.

    Total merchandise sales for October 2004 were $680.4 million, an increase of 4.5 percent over the October 2003 total of $651.0 million. U.S. same-store merchandise sales for October 2004 increased 3.8 percent, on top of a 7.6 percent increase in October 2003.

    Gasoline sales for October 2004 were $402.1 million, a 37.8 percent increase compared to $291.8 million in the prior-year period.


  • PlanetRetail.net reports that UK retailer Marks & Spencer announced that first-half pretax profits dropped to the equivalent of $524.9 million (US), from $582.8 million (US) during the same period a year ago. The company’s UK sales were down 0.4 percent to $5.9 billion (US), with same store sales off four percent, while its global sales were up 1.4 percent.

    While noting that its operations have been troubled, the company said that it did not believe the trend “to be entirely Marks & Spencer specific.”


  • McDonald's Corp. reported that its October growth was led by a 7.5 percent gain in U.S. same-store sales - less than half of the 15.1 percent rise a year earlier. Meanwhile, same-store sales added 2 percent in Europe and 6.1 percent at Asian, Middle Eastern and African locations.

    Systemwide sales at all McDonald's restaurants climbed 9.5 percent last month, the company said.

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