Apparel and shoes seller Talbots reported increased sales for the third quarter as all-important same-store sales grew 2.3%.

Total sales in the thirteen-week period were US$568.6m compared to $426.3m last year.

By brand, retail sales were $382.7m for Talbots compared to $362.6m last year, and $77.3m for J Jill, which was acquired in May.

But the company added that Talbots' customer demand moderated in the latter part of October and said J Jill same-store sales were down 6.6%.
 
Talbots is a specialty retailer and cataloguer of women's, children's and men's apparel, shoes and accessories. It operates 1,351 stores in 47 US states, the District of Columbia, Canada and the UK.