Third-quarter sales down at Whitehall Jewellers

Whitehall Jewellers, Inc., said on Thursday that sales were $63.3 million for the third-quarter ended Oct. 31, down from $66.2 million for the same period in 2003.

Comparable store sales for the quarter fell 3.9% for the period.

For the nine-month period ended Oct. 31, the Chicago-based retailer said sales rose 0.3% to $208.7 million, compared to $208.1 million for the same period in the previous year. Same-store store sales for the period fell 0.3%.

Whitehall Jewellers, Inc. is a leading national specialty retailer of fine jewelry, currently operating 386 stores in 38 states. The Company operates stores in regional and superregional shopping malls under the names Whitehall Co. Jewellers, Lundstrom Jewelers and Marks Bros. Jewelers.