Women’s apparel chain Christopher & Banks Corp on Thursday reported a two per cent slip in December same-store sales but said it is confident its quarterly profit will rise in line with forecasts.

The Minneapolis-based operator of nearly 440 stores said in a statement total sales for the four weeks to December 28 soared 20 per cent year-on-year to $47.8 million and added 10-month sales jumped 25 per cent to $291.2m from $232.9m.

The company said it sees profit in the quarter ending March 1 to increase to 43 cents a share as it sold more holiday goods, improved inventory control and avoided price cuts.

Chairman and CEO, Bill Prange, stated: "While we expect the retail environment will remain difficult, given the current trends we are comfortable that we will meet the current fourth-quarter consensus earnings estimate of 43 cents per diluted share."