Stein Mart, Inc. Reports April 2013 Comparable Store Sales Increase of 8%

Stein Mart, Inc. Reports April 2013 Comparable Store Sales Increase of 8%

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 8, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SMRT) today reported that total sales for the four-week period ended
May 4, 2013 increased 1.6 percent and comparable store sales increased 8.0

The table below shows total sales for the period ended May 4, 2013 compared to
the period ended April 28, 2012, while comparable store sales measures the
period ended May 4, 2013 against the respective period ending May 5, 2012.
Beginning with this release, our reported total sales include leased shoe
department commissions.

                                               Percent Change
                       Total Sales (in millions) Total     Comparable Store
                                                  Sales     Sales
Fiscal period          2013         2012         2013      2013     2012
April (4 weeks)         $99.2       $97.7       1.6%      8.0%     -1.6%
March-April (9 weeks)   $234.7      $227.7      3.1%      1.5%     -0.8%
Quarter-to-date (13     $321.4      $309.7      3.8%      1.2%     -0.4%

Linens, ladies' career sportswear and ladies' casual sportswear posted the
strongest sales for the month, while dresses, ladies' accessories and men's
sportswear were more challenged.Geographically, sales increased in every
state except for Texas which was impacted by inclement weather. Our Southeast
and Mid-Atlantic states performed the best.

"I am delighted with the strong increase in our April comp store sales," said
Jay Stein, Chief Executive Officer."As you know, our February and March sales
were impacted by colder weather and the Easter calendar shift.Now that we are
seeing warmer weather, our customers are responding well to our spring
merchandise and we are truly satisfied with what this has done for our sales."

The Company operated 262 stores at the end of April this year compared to 263
stores last year.

About Stein Mart

Stein Mart stores offer the fashion merchandise, service and presentation of a
better department or specialty store, at prices competitive with off-price
retail chains.Currently with locations from California to Massachusetts,
Stein Mart's focused assortment of merchandise features current season,
moderate to better fashion apparel for women and men, as well as accessories,
shoes and home fashions.


        Additional information about Stein Mart, Inc. can be found at

CONTACT: For more information:
         Linda L. Tasseff
         Director, Investor Relations
         (904) 858-2639

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