Outdoor apparel retailer Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp on Thursday posted a 2.4 per cent rise in third quarter net sales to $798.7 million from $779.8m in the year-ago period. The New Jersey-based operator of more than 330 stores said same-store sales for the 13 weeks to March 1 slipped 2.5 per cent and added net sales for the nine month period rose 5.7 per cent to $2.088 billion from $1.976bn.