Stein Mart, Inc. Reports December 2013 Comparable Store Sales Increase of 4.5%

Stein Mart, Inc. Reports December 2013 Comparable Store Sales Increase of 4.5%

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Jan. 9, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Stein Mart, Inc.
(Nasdaq:SMRT) today reported that comparable store sales for the five-week
period ended January 4, 2014 increased 4.5 percent.

For the table below, total sales amounts and percentages are for the fiscal
period ended January 4, 2014 compared to the fiscal period ended December 29,
2012. Comparable store sales percentages are based on the period ended January
4, 2014 against the shifted period ended January 5, 2013.

                                              Percent Change
                      Total Sales (in millions) Comparable Store   Total
                                                 Sales             Sales*
Fiscal period         2013         2012         2013      2012     2013
December               $175.6       $178.3       4.5%      5.9%     -1.6%
Quarter-to-date        $295.5       $289.7       3.9%      6.3%     2.0%
Year-to-date           $1,198.3     $1,153.5     4.0%      2.6%     3.9%

*December's total sales comparisons are unfavorably impacted by last year's
53^rd week which created a timing shift in this year's calendar.The 4.5
percent comparable store sales increase for December is the best indicator of
our sales performance for the holiday season.

Linens, dresses and ladies' boutique posted the strongest sales for the month,
while jewelry and men's sportswear were more challenged.Geographically,
December sales were strongest in Florida, the Southeast and Texas, while the
Midwest and Northeast performed lower than the chain.

"We are delighted with our December comparable store sales increase which was
achieved despite adverse weather in much of the country," said Jay Stein,
Chief Executive Officer."Our strong holiday sales, which are on top of great
sales increases last year, demonstrate our ability to continue to grow sales
which will drive earnings."

The Company operated 264 stores at the end of December 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: Linda L. Tasseff
         Director, Investor Relations
         (904) 858-2639

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