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Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. Reports April 2015 Sales Up 1% Over April 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 7, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (Nasdaq:TLF) reported today that sales for the month of April were $7.5 million, up 1% compared to April 2014 sales of $7.4 million. Year to date sales were $28.4 million, up 4% compared to sales of $27.4 million in the same period last year.

Retail Leathercraft’s sales rose 2% to $4.7 million compared to April 2014 sales of $4.6 million. The 80 comparable stores’ sales equaled same store sales in the same period last year. The two stores opened since April 2014 added April sales of $79,000. Year-to-date sales for Retail Leathercraft are $17.9 million this year, a 7% increase over sales of $16.6 million for the same period of 2014. As of the end of April, the 79 comparable stores’ sales were up 6% compared to sales reported for the same period in 2014.

Wholesale Leathercraft posted sales of $2.5 million for April, equal to sales from April 2014. Within the Wholesale Leathercraft division, same store sales were up 2%. For the year to date, Wholesale Leathercraft sales are $9.2 million, decreasing 1% from sales of $9.3 million for the same period a year ago. As of the end of April, the wholesale same store sales were up 5% compared to the same period last year.

International Leathercraft reported April sales of $319,000, down 5% compared to April 2014 sales of $334,000. For the year to date, International Leathercraft sales were $1.3 million compared to $1.4 million in 2014, down 7%. All three stores in the segment have been opened for both periods, so same store sales for the month were the same as the segment’s sales.

Chief Executive Officer and President, Jon Thompson, commented, “As mentioned last month, we expected our April sales to be impacted because our inventory is lower than we projected. We achieved a small sales gain for the month, but continue to deal with the delayed arrivals of product into the West Coast ports which results in less inventory being delivered to our stores. We are hopeful that delivery schedules will be returning to normal as we move through the second quarter.”

Shannon L. Greene, Chief Financial Officer added, “Our international stores continue to struggle against the US dollar from a reporting standpoint. If the exchange rates had been consistent in April this year compared to April last year, our International Segment would have reported a 10% sales gain for the month. Instead, they’re showing a 5% loss. As long as the US dollar remains strong, the sales from this segment are going to look worse than they really are, even though they are achieving gains in their local currencies.

Tandy Leather Factory, Inc., (http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a specialty retailer and wholesale distributor of a broad product line including leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and adornments for belts, leather dyes and finishes, saddle and tack hardware, and do-it-yourself kits. The Company distributes its products through its 28 Leather Factory stores, located in 18 states and 3 Canadian provinces, 82 Tandy Leather retail stores, located in 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces, and three combination wholesale/retail stores located in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Spain. Its common stock trades on the Nasdaq with the symbol "TLF". To be included on Tandy Leather Factory’s email distribution list, go to http://www.b2i.us/irpass.asp?BzID=1625&to=ea&s=0.

This news release may contain statements regarding future events, occurrences, circumstances, activities, performance, outcomes and results that are considered “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results and events may differ from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: changes in general economic conditions, negative trends in general consumer-spending levels, failure to realize the anticipated benefits of opening retail stores; availability of hides and leathers and resultant price fluctuations; change in customer preferences for our product, and other factors disclosed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: Shannon L. Greene, Tandy Leather Factory, Inc. (817) 872-3200 or sgreene@tandyleather.com Mark Gilbert, Magellan Fin, LLC (317) 867-2839 or MGilbert@MagellanFin.com

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