Women's clothing retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corp on Wednesday posted a steep rise in fourth quarter profits to $9.95 million from $5.1m in the year-ago period, after an overhaul of its merchandise boosted sales. Those figures were in line with analysts' expectations with AnnTaylor also reporting an 8.1 per cent climb in fourth quarter net sales to $371.4m and a 2.1 per cent rise in same-store sales.