Leading specialty retailer of large-size women's fashion apparel, footwear and accessories, United Retail Group Inc, on Thursday posted a dip in April sales.

The New Jersey-based company said in a news release total sales slipped four per cent to $39.9 million last month compared with $41.5m during April 2001.

Comparable store sales declined seven per cent for the month, while for the first quarter, total sales climbed six per cent to $115.6m. Comparable store sales increased three per cent for the quarter.

The company said its figures for last month were hurt by an early Easter which fell in March this year compared to April in 2001.