Cato Reports February Same-store Sales Down 3%

                Cato Reports February Same-store Sales Down 3%

PR Newswire

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 7, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Cato Corporation (NYSE:
CATO) today reported sales for the four weeks ended March 2, 2013 of $84.7
million, a 1% increase over sales of $83.9 million for the four week period
ended February 25, 2012. Same-store sales for the month decreased 3% from the
prior year.

"February sales reflect the continuing difficult economic environment.We did
see some beneficial impact from the delay in tax refunds from January," stated
John Cato, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. 

During February, the Company closed four stores. As of March 2, 2013, the
Company operated 1,306 stores in 31 states, compared to 1,287 stores in 31
states as of February 25, 2012.

The Cato Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of value-priced fashion
apparel and accessories operating three concepts, "Cato", "Versona" and "It's
Fashion". The Company's Cato stores offer exclusive merchandise with fashion
and quality comparable to mall specialty stores at low prices every day.
Versona is a unique fashion destination offering accessories and apparel
including jewelry, handbags and shoes at exceptional prices every day. It's
Fashion offers fashion with a focus on the latest trendy styles for the entire
family at low prices every day. Additional information on The Cato
Corporation is available at

Statements in this press release not historical in nature including, without
limitation, statements regarding the Company's expected or estimated financial
results are considered "forward-looking" within the meaning of The Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are
based on current expectations that are subject to known and unknown risks,
uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Such
factors include, but are not limited to, the following: general economic
conditions; competitive factors and pricing pressures; the Company's ability
to predict fashion trends; consumer apparel buying patterns; adverse weather
conditions and inventory risks due to shifts in market demand and other
factors discussed under "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of the Company's
most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K, as amended or supplemented,
and in other reports the Company files with or furnishes to the SEC from time
to time. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise the
forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes make it clear
that the projected results expressed or implied therein will not be realized.
The Company is not responsible for any changes made to this press release by
wire or Internet services.

SOURCE The Cato Corporation

Contact: John R. Howe, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer,
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