Nordstrom Reports March Sales

SEATTLE, Apr 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today reported a 5.1 percent increase in same-store sales for the five-week period ended April 2, 2011 compared with the five-week period ended April 3, 2010. Preliminary total retail sales of $897 million for March 2011 increased 10.1 percent compared with total retail sales of $815 million for the same period in fiscal 2010.

Quarter-to-date same-store sales increased 6.0 percent compared with the same period in fiscal 2010. Preliminary quarter-to-date total retail sales of $1.50 billion increased 11.0 percent compared with total retail sales of $1.35 billion for the same period in fiscal 2010.

SALES RECORDING

To hear Nordstrom's pre-recorded March sales message, please dial (402) 220-6036. This recording will be available for one week.

MARCH SALES RESULTS

(unaudited; $ in millions)

Total Retail Sales Same-store Sales

Fiscal

Fiscal

Percent

Nordstrom

2011

2010

Increase

Total

Nordstrom(1)

Rack

March $897 $815 10.1% 5.1% 5.5% (0.1%)
Quarter-to-date $1,503 $1,354 11.0% 6.0% 7.1% 0.6%
Number of stores 4/2/11 4/3/10
Nordstrom 115 113
Nordstrom Rack and other 94 76
Total 209 189
Gross square footage 24,021,000 23,067,000
(1)Nordstrom, formerly referred to as "Multi-channel," includes Nordstrom full-line stores and Direct.

EXPANSION UPDATE

In March, Nordstrom opened five Nordstrom Rack stores at The Promenade Shops in Aventura, Fla.; Sunset Valley Village in Austin, Tex.; The Parks at Arlington Mall in Arlington, Tex.; Pacific Commons in Fremont, Calif.; and Carolina Pavilion in Charlotte, N.C.

In April, Nordstrom plans to open a Nordstrom full-line store at Christiana Mall in Newark, Del. and a Nordstrom Rack store at Belmar in Lakewood, Colo. Additionally, Nordstrom plans to relocate its Nordstrom Rack store at Flatiron Marketplace in Broomfield, Colo. to the Twenty Ninth Street shopping center in Boulder, Colo.

FUTURE REPORTING DATES

Nordstrom's planned financial release calendar for the next three months currently includes:

April Sales Release Thurs., May 5, 2011
First Quarter Earnings Release Thurs., May 12, 2011
May Sales Release Thurs., June 2, 2011
June Sales Release Thurs., July 7, 2011

ABOUT NORDSTROM

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, with 209 stores located in 28 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 115 Nordstrom full-line stores, 91 Nordstrom Rack stores, two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store. Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at Nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Nordstrom also operates in the online private sale marketplace through its subsidiary HauteLook. Nordstrom, Inc.'s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Certain statements in this news release contain or may suggest "forward-looking" information (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, anticipated store openings and trends in company operations. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the company's management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual future results may differ materially from historical results or current expectations depending upon factors including, but not limited to: the impact of economic and market conditions and the resultant impact on consumer spending patterns; our ability to maintain our relationships with vendors; our ability to respond to the business environment, consumer preferences and fashion trends; effective inventory management; successful execution of our growth strategy, including possible expansion into new markets, technological investments and acquisitions, including our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from such acquisitions, and the timely completion of construction associated with newly planned stores, relocations and remodels, which may be impacted by the financial health of third parties; our ability to maintain relationships with our employees and to effectively train and develop our future leaders; successful execution of our multi-channel strategy; our compliance with applicable banking and related laws and regulations impacting our ability to extend credit to our customers; impact of the current regulatory environment and financial system and health care reforms; our compliance with information security and privacy laws and regulations, employment laws and regulations and other laws and regulations applicable to us; trends in personal bankruptcies and bad debt write-offs; changes in interest rates; efficient and proper allocation of our capital resources; availability and cost of credit; our ability to safeguard our brand and reputation; successful execution of our information technology strategy; disruptions in our supply chain; the geographic locations of our stores; public health concerns and the resulting impact on consumer spending patterns, supply chain and employee health; weather conditions and hazards of nature that affect consumer traffic and consumers' purchasing patterns; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing and promotional campaigns; our ability to control costs; and the timing and amounts of share repurchases by the company, if any, or any share issuances by the company, including issuances associated with option exercises or other matters. Our SEC reports, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, contain other information on these and other factors that could affect our financial results and cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking information we may provide. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events, new information or future circumstances.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

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