Specialty retailer and cataloger of women's classic apparel and shoes, Talbots Inc, on Thursday revealed a worse-than-expected 4.1 per cent slide in August same-store sales partly due to low inventory. The Massachusetts-based operator of 862 stores said in a news release  total sales for the four weeks ended August 31 rose one per cent year-on-year to $90 million and reaffirmed its third quarter EPS forecast of 70 cents a share.