Women's fashion chain AnnTaylor Stores Corp on Thursday posted a 5.2 per cent fall in May same-store sales as unseasonal colder weather had an adverse impact on sales of warm weather apparel.

The operator of Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft stores said in a statement that total sales in the four weeks to June 1 climbed 5.5 per cent to $115.3 million and margins improved thanks to solid sales of full-priced fashions.

For the year ahead, the company said it still sees earnings of 25-27 cents a share for the second quarter, 45-46 cents for the third quarter and 32-33 cents for the fourth quarter, with full-year earnings seen in the range of $1.47 to $1.51. It sees a low-single-digit percentage decline in same-store sales for the second quarter.

"Sales were negatively affected by cooler than normal temperatures coupled with a reduced demand on our non-full price product, especially at the Loft division," said chairman Patrick Spainhour.