Duckwall-Alco sees mixed December, year

WICHITA — Duckwall-Alco stores said today its December sales from continuing operations fell 2.3 percent to $65.1 million.

That's down from $66.6 million in the same period a year ago.

The Abilene, Kan., retailer said same store sales were also down 2.3 percent.

But year-to-date sales edged up 0.9 percent to $452.4 million compared to the same period in 2008. But same-store sales in the period were off 0.6 percent.

The company operates 258 stores in 23 states.