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JCP Exec 'Inadvertently' Disclosed 1Q Comp Sales

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Department store chain J.C. Penney Co Inc <JCP.N> said a senior executive inadvertently disclosed information on its same-store sales in the first quarter so far to an analyst.

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The executive revealed in an email that the company's same-store sales had risen about 6 percent in the quarter to date, J.C. Penny said on Tuesday. (http://1.usa.gov/1H3d8Kz)

J.C. Penney said it expected same-store sales to rise by about 3.5-4.5 percent in the first quarter, after adjusting for Easter falling in March this year.

The company, which is expected to release results in mid-May for the February-April first quarter, declined to identify or comment on the executive in question.

Its same-store sales growth has slowed over the past three quarters from 6.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014.

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The company's shares fell 3 percent to $9.12 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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(Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey and Simon Jennings)