Duckwall-ALCO Stores Reports September Sales Increase of 10.9 Percent
Same-Store Sales for September Rise 7.3 Percent

ABILENE, Kan., Oct. 5, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) -- Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:DUCK) today announced that its sales from continuing operations for the five weeks ended October 1, 2006 (fiscal month of September) increased approximately 10.9% to $41.6 million compared to $37.5 million in the prior-year month, and same-store sales increased 7.3%.

Sales year-to-date increased approximately 11.1% to $305.0 million compared to $274.5 million in the prior year, and same-store sales increased 6.9%.

About Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc.

Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. is a regional retailer that specializes in meeting the needs of smaller, underserved communities throughout the central United States. The Company offers an exceptional selection of fashionable merchandise, quality products and recognized brand names at reasonable prices. Our specialty is delivering those products with the friendly, personal service our customers have come to expect. With 253 stores across 21 states, we are proud to have continually provided excellent products at good value prices to our customers for 105 years. To learn more about Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc. visit our website at www.ALCOstores.com.

Forward-looking statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, as referenced in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("the Act"). Any forward-looking statements are made by the Company in good faith, pursuant to the safe-harbor provisions of the Act. These forward-looking statements reflect management's current views and projections regarding economic conditions, retail industry environments and Company performance. Factors, which could significantly change results, include but are not limited to: sales performance, expense levels, competitive activity, interest rates, changes in the Company's financial condition and factors affecting the retail category in general. Additional information regarding these and other factors may be included in the Company's quarterly 10-Q filings and other public documents, copies of which are available from the Company on request.

CONTACT:  Duckwall-ALCO Stores, Inc.
          Michael S. Marcus, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
          (785) 263-3350 X164
          mmarcus@ALCOstores.com

          Hagen and Partners
          Debbie Hagen
          (913) 652-6547
          dhagen@hagenandpartners.com
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