Women's apparel retailer Chico's FAS Inc has posted a 42 per cent jump in sales to $44 million with same-store sales up 13.6 per cent compared to the same month last year. The Florida-based operator of 326 stores in 40 states said total sales for the 17-week period ended June 1, climbed 40.5 per cent to $174.5m from $124.2m in 2001.