Leading women's apparel chain AnnTaylor Stores Corp on Wednesday posted a fall in first quarter net profit as sales were hit by fashion "misses" and cooler weather in the Northeast. The New York-based operator of more than 600 stores under banners such as Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft posted a profit of $17.9 million, or 39 cents per share, compared with $20.9m, or 45 cents per share, in the year-ago period.