Below is a list of the retailers that have released their March same-store sales numbers so far. The list is sorted from best to worst based on how the number came in versus expectations. As shown Cato (NYSE:CATO), TJX, Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) and Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ) had the strongest numbers versus expectations, all beating by more than 4 percentage points. Gap (NYSE:GPS), Limited (LTD), Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) and Macy's (NYSE:M) all posted strong numbers as well.
Five companies out of the 19 listed posted same-store sales numbers that were weaker than expected -- Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT), Wet Seal (WTSLA), Bon-Ton (NASDAQ:BONT), Buckle (NYSE:BKE) and Costco (NASDAQ:COST).