Here is a general round-up of United States apparel and footwear retailers' May 2004 sales results released this week. Please note that this article will be updated as individual retailers' results are released.

Leading apparel retailer Gap Inc reported net sales of $1.2 billion, up seven per cent from $1.1bn in May last year, and a six per cent increase in comparable store sales.

Philadelphia-based maternity wear retailer Mothers Work Inc reported a 6.5 per cent increase in total sales to $50 million, up from $47m in May 2003, despite a three per cent drop in same-store sales.

Plus-size women's apparel retailer United Retail Group posted total sales of $36m for the month, down slightly from $36.9m in the same period a year ago, along with a one per cent dip in comparable store sales.

Tennessee-based apparel retailer Goody's Family Clothing Inc registered a 3.5 per cent increase in total sales to $99.4m, up from $96m in the year-ago period, while same-store sales inched up 1.3 per cent.

Youth-oriented casual apparel retailer Aeropostale Inc enjoyed a 56.8 per cent jump in total sales to $54.1m, up from $34.5m in the same month last year, and 27 per cent comparable store sales growth.

Houston-based men's apparel retailer Men's Wearhouse experienced a 10.5 per cent hike in net sales to $123.6m for the month, up from $111.9m in the comparable year-on-year period, along with a comparable store sales boost of 7.8 per cent.

Californian casual apparel retailer Hot Topic Inc saw total sales jump 21 per cent to $37.7m, up from $31.2m in the same period of 2003, while same-store sales dipped 0.5 per cent.

Youth-oriented apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc posted 20.1 per cent total sales growth to $117.3m for the month, compared with $97.6m in the same period last year, and an 11.4 per cent increase in comparable store sales.

Women's apparel retailer Cache Inc registered a 10 per cent year-on-year rise in total sales to $19.8m and a four per cent increase in comparable store sales.

Indiana-based footwear retailer reported total sales of $43.1m, an 8.8 per cent increase over the $39.6m posted in May last year, along with a 0.5 per cent incline in same-store sales.

Leather apparel retailer Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc suffered a fall in total sales to $16m for the month, down from $20.9m in the same period a year earlier, and a 6.4 per cent drop in comparable store sales.

Regional apparel retailer Stage Stores Inc witnessed a 39.4 per cent leap in total sales to $90.6m, up from $65m in the same period of 2002, along with a one per cent rise in same-store sales.

Maryland-based men's apparel retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc announced total sales of $26.2m, up 22.4 per cent from $21.4m in May last year, and comparable store sales growth of 6.4 per cent.

California-based women's apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc enjoyed a 15.4 per cent increase in retail sales to $32.9m, compared with $28.5m in the same period a year prior, and 10.4 per cent boost to same-store sales.

Retail group Limited Brands, which operates the Victoria's Secret lingerie chain, posted a same-store sales increase of three percent and a rise in net sales to $641.4m, up from $618.1m in the comparable year-ago period.

Casual apparel and footwear retailer The Buckle Inc experienced a 14.9 per cent rise in total sales to $27.3m, up from $23.8m in the same month a year ago, and an 8.3 per cent incline in comparable store sales.

New Jersey-based kids' wear retailer The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc registered improved sales of $57.2m, up 18 per cent from $48.4m in the same period a year prior, and a nine per cent rise in same-store sales.

Florida-based women's apparel retailer Chico's FAS Inc enjoyed a 50.7 per cent leap in total sales to $90.2m, up from $59.8m in May last year, along with a 17.9 per cent jump in comparable store sales.

Value-priced women's apparel retailer The Cato Corporation reported a 10 per cent rise in total sales to $69.5m for the month, up from $63.1m in May 2003, and a comparable store sales improvement of four per cent.

Minneapolis-based women's clothing retailer Christopher & Banks Corporation stated a nine per cent rise in total sales to $32.4m for the month, up from $29.8m in the same period last year, and a six per cent fall in same-store sales.

Florida-based fashion retailer Stein Mart Inc posted a 6.2 per cent rise in total sales to $114.8m for May, up from $108.2m in the same period a year ago, and an 11.1 per cent rise in comparable store sales.

Californian fashion retailer The Wet Seal Inc saw net sales fall to $33m, down from $37m in the same month last year, while same-store sales slid 7.8 per cent.

Massachusetts-based apparel and footwear retailer The Talbots Inc announced a 10 per cent increase in net sales to $127.6m, up from $115.9m in the same period of 2003, and an 8.1 per cent same-store sales rise.

Casual apparel retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc noted an 18.5 per cent jump in total sales to $72.4m, up from $61.1m in the comparable year-ago period, and a 7.8 per cent rise in comparable store sales.

Seattle-based fashion retailer Nordstrom Inc reported improved preliminary sales of $499m for the month, an 11.7 per cent year-on-year increase, as well as a same-store sales rise of 9.4 per cent.

Massachusetts-based apparel retailer Casual Male Retail Group Inc registered improved sales of $26.6m for the month, compared with $24.3m in the same period last year, and comparable store sales growth of 11.9 per cent.

Philadelphia-based juniors' apparel retailer Deb Shops Inc reported a 2.3 per cent rise in comparable store sales and a two per cent year-on-year fall in total sales to $25.6m.

Children's apparel retailer The Gymboree Corporation announced a seven per cent rise in total sales to $36.6m, up from $34.4m in the same month last year, as well as a one per cent slip in comparable store sales.

Youth-oriented casual apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch enjoyed a 20 per cent boost in total sales to $111.5m, up from $93.1m in May 2003, and a comparable store sales rise of one per cent.

Fashion retailer Guess? Inc registered total sales growth of 20 per cent to $35.8m, up from $29.9m in the same period a year ago, and a 14.6 per cent jump in same-store sales.

Women's apparel retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corporation stated 23.7 per cent total sales growth for the month, growing to $169.87m from $137.37m in the same period a year ago, and a 9.9 per cent improvement in same-store sales.

Online fashion retailer Bluefly Inc saw net sales grow almost 24 per cent to $3.1m, up from $2.5m in the same period a year earlier.

Apparel and home fashions retailer The TJX Companies Inc reported total sales of $1.1bn, a 13 per cent year-on-year increase, and a consolidated comparable store sales rise of five per cent.

Leading footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc registered a 3.9 per cent increase in same-store sales and a 4.3 per cent rise in total sales to $246.7m, up from $236.5m in the comparable year-on-year period.

Value-priced menswear retailer S&K Famous Brands Inc experienced a minimal decrease in net sales to $13.8m, down from $13.9m in May last year, as well as a 3.7 per cent drop in comparable store sales.

California-based apparel retailer Ross Stores Inc noted an eight per cent year-on-year increase in total sales to $296m and a one per cent drop in same-store sales.

St Louis-based footwear group Brown Shoe Company Inc registered 0.2 per cent year-on-year growth in retail sales to $85.1m and a 2.2 per cent dip in same-store sales.

Dallas-based girls' apparel retailer Gadzooks Inc suffered a 19.5 per cent fall in comparable store sales.