Lingerie and clothing retailer La Senza Corp on Wednesday posted a wider third quarter net loss amid delayed deliveries due to the West Coast dock strike.

The Quebec-based firm reported a net loss of $1.4 million, or 10 cents a share, versus $2.5m, or 19 cents a share, in the year-ago period, although that included a one-time charge of $5.7m. Sales climbed to $95.1m from $89.5m in 2001.

Chairman and CEO Irv Teitelbaum cited the dock strike, unseasonal warmer weather and a lack of "significant fashion change" for the disappointing results but added its fourth quarter is traditionally its strongest period.

"The economic environment in the second half of 2002 is a challenging one for apparel retailers," he said. "Nevertheless, we have every indication that our core business in lingerie will have a solid and critical success in the fourth quarter."