Clothing chain Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp on Thursday posted a slight fall in third quarter net income to $36.7 million from $37.3m in the year-ago period.

The New Jersey-based operator of 330 stores said sales for the three months to March rose to $800m from $780m in 2002 although same-store sales slipped 2.5 per cent.

The company added it expects to open five new Burlington Coat Factory stores and one MJM Designer Shoe store in the current quarter.