LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Apparel, Inc. (NYSE Alternext US: APP) today announced the company’s comparable store sales for the month of December 2008 and for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008.
American Apparel reported that for the month of December 2008, sales for stores open for more than twelve months increased 3% over the year ago period, on a constant currency basis. For the month of December 2007, comparable store sales increased 37%. There were 162 stores in the sales comparison for December 2008.
For the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008, comparable store sales increased 10% over the fourth quarter of 2007. As previously reported, comparable store sales increased 40% for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2007.
American Apparel also reported that total retail sales (unaudited) for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2008 increased 53% to $98 million, compared to $64 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. Total retail sales (unaudited) for the entire year of 2008 increased 62% to $341 million, as compared to $211 million in 2007. For the entire year of 2008, comparable store sales increased 22%.
American Apparel opened 14 new retail stores during the month of December in the following locations: 429 Broadway, New York City; the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, California; San Diego, California; Burlingame, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; Honolulu, Hawaii; the Prime Outlets in St. Augustine, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Manchester, England; Aix en Provence, France; Toulouse, France; Adelaide, Australia; Yokohama, Japan; and the King Glory Mall in Shenzhen, China. In the fourth quarter of 2008, American Apparel opened 34 new retail locations. For the year, the company opened 81 new locations, while closing 3 stores. American Apparel ended the year with 260 retail locations.
About American Apparel
American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor, and retailer of branded fashion basic apparel based in downtown Los Angeles, California. As of December 31, 2008, American Apparel employed over 10,000 people and operated 260 retail stores in 19 countries, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Israel, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and China. American Apparel also operates a leading wholesale business that supplies high quality T-shirts and other casual wear to distributors and screen printers. In addition to its retail stores and wholesale operations, American Apparel operates an online retail e-commerce website at http://store.americanapparel.net.
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