Specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, Hot Topic Inc, on Wednesday reported a 5.3 per cent climb in August same-store sales and a 32 per cent year-on-year jump in total August sales to $46.8 million.

The California-based operator of 420 stores said total sales for the first 30 weeks of fiscal 2002 rose 29 per cent to $219.2m from $170.3m, with same store sales up 1.1 per cent.

President and CEO, Betsy McLaughlin, said: "August sales were well above our revised expectations, with particular strength during the last two weeks of the month. The comp sales increase was driven by strong double digit comps in women's and high single digit comps in the music licensed and accessory categories.

"Our men's tops and men's bottoms categories produced a negative double digit comp, but were better than our earlier expectations."