Upscale clothing retailer Nordstrom Inc on Thursday posted a 1.6 per cent fall in April same-store sales but said total sales for the month climbed 3.9 per cent to $418.3 million from $402.7m in the year-ago period. The Seattle-based company added during the first quarter ended April 30, 2002, same-store sales slipped 2.1 per cent. It added preliminary sales for the period are up 2.1 per cent to $1.28 billion from adjusted sales of $1.22bn in 2001.