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Alco sales metric flat in February

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) -- Two major snowstorms last month led Alco Stores Inc. to temporarily shut some stores, hurting February sales trends.

The retailer's revenue at stores open at least a year, excluding fuel, was unchanged from a year ago. That's a key retailer metric that strips out the impact of newly closed or opened stores.

Alco, based in Abilene, Kan., has 217 stores in 23 states.

Revenue from continuing operations for the four-week period ended March 3, which also excludes fuel, rose 3.3 percent to $36.4 million.

Shares added 6 cents to $7.91 in afternoon trading.