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Saks Incorporated Announces August Comparable Store Sales

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Saks Incorporated Announces August Comparable Store Sales08:30 EDT Thursday, September 01, 2011 NEW YORK (Business Wire) -- Retailer Saks Incorporated (NYSE: SKS) today announced that owned sales totaled $168.0 million for the four weeks ended August 27, 2011 compared to $159.3 million for the four weeks ended August 28, 2010, a 5.5% increase. Comparable store sales increased 6.1% for the month. Management estimates that Hurricane Irene negatively impacted August comparable store sales by approximately 150 basis points. For August, the strongest categories at Saks Fifth Avenue stores included women's shoes; handbags; fashion jewelry; cosmetics; fragrances; and men's clothing, shoes, and accessories. Saks Direct performed well during the month. On a year-to-date basis, for the seven months ended August 27, 2011, owned sales totaled $1,539.8 million compared to $1,399.5 million for the prior year seven months ended August 28, 2010, a 10.0% increase. Comparable store sales increased 11.9% for the seven months. Saks Incorporated operates 46 Saks Fifth Avenue stores, 59 Saks OFF 5TH stores, and saks.com. Forward-looking InformationThe information contained in this press release that addresses future results or expectations is considered “forward-looking” information within the definition of the Federal securities laws.Forward-lookinginformation in this document can be identified through the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “plan,” “project,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “estimate,” “contemplate,” “possible,” and “point.” The forward-looking information is premised on many factors, some of which are outlined below.Actual consolidated results might differ materially from projected forward-looking information.The forward-looking information and statements are or may be based on a series of projections and estimates and involve risks and uncertainties.These risks and uncertainties include such factors as: thelevel of consumer spending for luxury apparel and other merchandise carried by the Company and its ability to respond quickly to consumer trends; macroeconomic conditions and their effect on consumer spending; the Company's ability to secure adequate financing; adequate and stable sources of merchandise; the competitive pricing environment within the retail sector; the effectiveness of planned advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns; favorable customer response to relationship marketing efforts of proprietary credit card loyalty programs; appropriate inventory management; effective expense control; successful operation of the Company's proprietary credit card strategic alliance withHSBC Bank Nevada, N.A.; geo-political risks; the performance of the financial markets; changes in interest rates; and fluctuations in foreign currency and exchange rates.For additional information regarding these and other risk factors, please refer to the Company's filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2011, its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and its Current Reports on Form 8-K, which may be accessed viathe Internet at www.sec.gov.The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. Saks IncorporatedJulia Bentley, 865-981-6243www.saksincorporated.com