THE BUCKLE, INC. REPORTS SEPTEMBER 2021 NET SALES AND ANNOUNCES THE PLANNED RETIREMENT OF VICE PRESIDENT OF SUPPLY CHAIN AND MERCHANDISING OPERATIONS
KEARNEY, NE -- The Buckle, Inc. (NYSE: BKE) announced today that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the 5-week period ended October 2, 2021 increased 17.8 percent from comparable store net sales for the 5-week period ended October 3, 2020. Net sales for the 5-week fiscal month ended October 2, 2021 increased 17.3 percent to $111.2 million from net sales of $94.9 million for the prior year 5-week fiscal month ended October 3, 2020.
Comparable store net sales year-to-date for the 35-week period ended October 2, 2021 increased 61.8 percent from comparable store net sales for the 35-week period ended October 3, 2020. Net sales for the 35-week fiscal period ended October 2, 2021 increased 62.0 percent to $817.1 million from net sales of $504.4 million for the prior year 35-week fiscal period ended October 3, 2020.
The Company also announced today that Diane L. Applegate, Vice President of Supply Chain and Merchandising Operations, will retire from her position with the Company at the end of the current fiscal year. Ms. Applegate joined the Company in August 1983 and has served in various roles of increasing responsibility on the merchandise operations and e-commerce/distribution teams. She was appointed to her current position in December 2014. Dennis H. Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented "I would like to thank Diane for her 38 years of dedicated service to Buckle, her outstanding teamwork, and the impact she has had across so many aspects of Buckle's operations."
Offering a unique mix of high-quality, on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear, Buckle caters to fashion-conscious young men and women. Known as a denim destination, each store carries a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the Company's exclusive brand, BKE. Headquartered in Kearney, Nebraska, Buckle currently operates 442 retail stores in 42 states compared to 446 stores in 42 states as of October 7, 2020.
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