The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. has reported a sales increase for October compared with the same month last year and heads into holiday shopping season a bit ahead of last year's sales numbers, according to a news release.
Meanwhile, Rite Aid Corp. recorded a sales decrease for the month, the company said.
Comparable-store sales for Bon-Ton last month were 3.7 percent higher than October 2011, and total sales rose by the same percentage to more than $199 million, the release stated.
Year-to-date sales on a comparable-store basis were up 0.3 percent, and total sales were up 0.2 percent to more than $1.9 billion, according to the release.
In the year-ago month, Bon-Ton had reported a sales decline of more than 10 percent.
Cumberland County-based drugstore chain Rite Aid recorded a 1.1 percent decrease in same-store sales for October compared with the comparable period last year, according to a news release.
Total drugstore sales for the period were down 1.8 percent to more than $1.9 billion, the release stated.