Deb Shops Inc., a teen apparel retailer, reported Thursday that same-store sales in October fell 10 percent from the same month last year. Same-store sales, or sales at stores open at least a year, are frequently used to gauge industry performance.
For the month, total sales declined 7.1 percent to $24.1 million, from $25.9 million during October 2005.
For the quarter ended Oct. 31, the retailer said same-store sales fell 4 percent.
Deb Shops operates 337 specialty apparel stores in 42 states under the DEB and Tops ’n Bottoms names.
Longtime software antagonists Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have reached a technological truce that promises to smooth the way the still-dominant Windows operating system and the increasingly popular open-source Linux system work together.
Under the partnership, Microsoft’s sales team will offer its corporate customers a chance to license its Windows operating system as part of a package offering maintenance and support for Novell’s Suse Linux platform. Novell primarily relies on the fees for customer support to make money off the Linux software, which is developed by a global community of programmers who aren’t tied to any single company and freely share improvements to the code.