The following is a general round-up of apparel and shoe chains' September sales results which have been released over the past few days:

Women's and men's clothing retailer Talbots Inc said its same-store sales fell 6.1 per cent last month and added total sales for the five weeks ended October 5 were up one per cent to $176.6m from $174.7m in 2001.

Leading off-price clothing retailer TJX Cos Inc revealed its same-store stores fell one per cent last month amid unseasonably warm weather but said added total sales jumped eight per cent to $1.13 billion from $1.04bn in the year-ago period.

Discount footwear chain Payless ShoeSource Inc said its same-store sales climbed 1.1 per cent last month and announced total sales in the five weeks to October 5 rose 2.6 per cent to $270.4m from $263.5m last year.

Specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, Hot Topic Inc, posted a 5.9 per cent climb in same-store sales and said total sales soared 33 per cent to $37.4 million from $28.2m in the year-ago period.

Mall-based youth clothing retailer Aeropostale Inc said its same-store sales slipped 2.5 per cent in the five weeks to October but added net sales jumped almost 25 per cent to $51.3m from $41.1m in the year prior.

Alabama-based department store operator Saks Inc announced its same-store sales rose 3.3 per cent last month and added total sales in the five weeks to October 5 climbed to $561.5m from $553m in 2001.

Newark-based off-price fashion chain Ross Stores Inc said its same-store sales grew seven per cent last month and said total sales were up 19 per cent year-on-year to $314m.

The Spiegel Group said Eddie Bauer same-store sales plunged 14 per cent last month and added total group sales fell 19 per cent to $183.6m from $226m in the year-ago period.

Casual wear chain Gadzooks Inc said same-store sales for the five weeks ended October 5 slipped 6.8 per cent but total sales edged up 0.8 percent to $24m from $24.2m in the year-ago period.

Specialty retailer The Wet Seal Inc reported a 7.3 per cent slide in same-store sales for last month and said total net sales were flat at $50.2m.

Department store operator The Bon-Ton Stores Inc said total and same-store sales for the five weeks ended October 5 decreased 7.5 per cent to $61.5m versus $66.5m reported in the same period last year.

Women's clothing vendor AnnTaylor Stores Corp said its same-store sales climbed 2.3 per cent last month while total sales in the five weeks ended October 5 increased 13.2 per cent to $136.9m.

Federated Department Stores Inc reported a two per cent year-on-year rise in total September sales to $1.3 billion and said its same-store sales were flat compared to last year.

Ohio-based department stores operator The Elder-Beerman Stores Corp posted a 0.8 per cent dip in same-store sales for last month and said total sales slipped two per cent to $58.3m compared to the same period last year.

Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc said its same-store sales fell 12.1 per cent last month while total sales fell 12.3 per cent to $42.2m from $48.2m in 2001.

Retail giant JC Penney Co Inc reported comparable department store sales decreased 3.1 per cent for the five weeks ended September 28.

Footwear retailer Shoe Carnival Inc said its September same- store sales stumbled 5.2 per cent from a year ago and added total sales for the five weeks ended October 5, rose three per cent to $39.8m from $38.7m last year.

Leading retailer of men's classically-styled tailored and casual apparel, Jos A Bank Clothiers Inc, said its total sales climbed 16.9 per cent last month to $21.5m from $18.4m while same-store sales rose 9.2 per cent.

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc reported an 18.9 per cent year-on-year climb in total September sales to $63.5m from $53.4m and said its same store sales increased 4.4 per cent.

The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc suffered a 30 per cent plunge in September same-store sales and said total sales for the five weeks ended October 5 slipped 14 per cent to $60.1m from $70m in the year-ago month.

Stage Stores Inc said its same-store sales fell 1.8 per cent last month and added total sales fell 0.4 per cent to $68.8m from $69.1m in the prior year period.

Women's apparel firm bebe stores inc posted a 4.9 per cent climb in September sales to $23.6m from $22.5m in the year-ago period and said same-store sales slipped two per cent.