Clothing retailer Stage Stores Inc on Tuesday said same-store sales for June climbed 8.9 per cent compared to the year-ago period amid strong sales of sportswear, children's apparel and swimwear. The Houston-based operator of 342 outlets under the Stage, Bealls and Palais Royal banners, said total sales for the month increased 7.7 per cent to $71.6 million from $66.5m in 2001. It added those climbs came despite flooding in its central Texas market.