Specialty retailer and cataloguer of women's classic apparel and shoes, The Talbots Inc, on Friday posted a 10 per cent slide in February sales to $84.1 million from $93.6m in the year-ago period. The company, which operates more than 800 stores under brand such as Talbots Misses and Talbots Petites, said comparable store sales plunged 17.7 per cent for the month.