Apparel retailer Burlington Coat Factory saw net sales jump 8.9% on the back of increased sales of women's merchandise.

Net sales for the quarter reached US$864.2m, compared to $793.3m the same quarter last year, while comparative store sales increased 2.9%.

CEO Tom Kingsbury said: "I am very pleased with our 8.9% total sales increase and 2.9% comparative store sales increase for the quarter, which is on top of a 4% comparative store sales increase in the prior year.

"We continue to be especially pleased with the performance of those businesses that cater to our core female consumer: Ladies apparel, accessories and ladies shoes."

Net sales for the six months reached $1.85bn, up 7.2%, reflecting a 1.7% comparative store sales increase for the period.