Bon-Ton Reports Sales are Down

12/2/11 – Despite big sales on Black Friday, the owner of Boston Stores reported a same-store revenue drop of almost five-percent in November. Bon-Ton Stores blamed the decline on unseasonably warm weather which hurt sales of its winter merchandise. Bon-Ton also owns Herberger’s and Elder-Beerman department stores. The firm said cold weather merchandise accounted for two-thirds of its overall sales decline last month – and people bought fewer apparel items and accessories. Still, Bon-Ton merchandising president Tony Buccina said its Black Friday sales were the highest in the company’s history. He said home items were strong, along with shoes and juniors’ clothing.