July sales at Nordstrom stores open at least a year rose 2.5 per cent over the same month last year, pushed up by a successful Anniversary sale event the company said.

By merchandise division, same-store sales increased in the better, bridge and contemporary segments of women's apparel, as well as cosmetics, shoes, accessories, women's active wear, intimate apparel and kid's wear.

The fashion retailer said preliminary sales were $632.0 million for the four-week period ending 3 August 2002, an increase of 7.5 per cent compared to sales of $587.7 million for the four-week period in 2001. Company same-store sales increased 1.9 per cent.

Preliminary quarter-to-date sales of $1.66 billion increased 7.0 per cent compared to 2001 quarter-to-date sales of $1.55 billion. Over the period same-store sales increased 2.2 per cent.