On Thursday, the regional department store operator posted solid sales and record earnings results for the first quarter of fiscal 2021, smashing analysts' estimates. Total retail sales surged 73% year over year to $1.3 billion, as the retailer recovered a lot of the ground it lost a year ago, when the pandemic forced many stores to close and crushed traffic to those that remained open. Dillard's didn't quite reach the $1.42 billion retail sales volume it managed in the first quarter of 2019.
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