RETAIL STOCKS FOLLOW A RISING DJIA

NEW YORK — Retail stocks were swept upward Friday on another heady day for the market, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rolled ahead 50.9 points to 5,536.
Wall Street analysts said many retail issues are getting bid up in anticipation of the report of good sales for February after several disappointing months. Sales results are due Thursday.
The department stores were big winners, including Sears, Roebuck, up 2 7/8 to 48 1/4; Dayton Hudson Corp., 2 7/8 to 77 1/4; May Department Stores, 1 7/8 to 48 1/2; Federated Department Stores, 1 to 31 1/4; J.C. Penney Co., 1 5/8 to 49 1/8, and Mercantile Stores Co., 1 5/8 to 54.
Among specialty stores, The Limited rose 3/4 to 18 1/4; Nordstrom, 4 3/8 to 49 1/2; The Talbots, 1 1/8 to 31 3/8, and Neiman Marcus Group, 5/8 to 20 1/2.
Strength was seen from men’s wear manufacturers, Tommy Hilfiger Corp., up 1 3/8 to 41 3/8, and Nautica Enterprises, rising 1 1/4 to 42 1/4, but most other apparel and textile firms were flat. EstAe Lauder rose 1 1/4 to 37 7/8.

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