NEW YORK — May Department Stores Co. said November same-store sales dipped 1.7 percent, but that was better than most analysts’ estimates, which ranged from minus 2 to minus 4 percent, and better than the year-ago plunge of 7.9 percent. May’s monthly figures were released late Monday.

Excluding the 30 remaining stores May has yet to divest, comparable-store sales fell 1.2 percent. Preliminary net sales for the four weeks ended Nov. 29 ticked up 0.2 percent to $1.26 billion. For the year-to-date, overall sales decreased 2.6 percent to $10.11 billion from $10.38 billion a year ago, May said.

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