The following is a general roundup of US apparel and shoe retailers' February 2013 sales results. It is worth noting that from this month, a number of retailers are no longer reporting their sales results on a month-by-month basis.

Action sportswear and footwear retailer Zumiez booked a 10.6% increase in total sales for the four weeks ended 2 March to reach US$44.5m, up from $40.2m the same period last year. Comparable store sales, however, declined 8.9% against a 14.2% the prior year. The company operates 501 stores across the US, Canada and Europe.

Denim specialist The Buckle saw comparable store sales edge down 1.1% during the four-week period. The Kearney, Nebraska-based retailer, which operates 441 stores, said net sales climbed 2.9% to $89.3m over $86.7m the prior year.

Limited Brands, owner of lingerie labels Victoria's Secret and La Senza, reported net sales of $712.7m in February, up 9% on $653.9m last year. Comparable store sales climbed 3% at the company, helped by a 5% increase at Victoria's Secret stores and a 5% rise at La Senza stores.

At specialty clothing retailer Gap Inc, comparable store sales were up 3%, with comparable sales by brand up 2% at Gap Global, down 5% at Banana Republic Global, and up 6% at Old Navy Global. The San Francisco-based retailer said it was pleased with its performance in February, with net sales increasing 11% to $966m.  

For Ross Stores, net sales climbed 3% to $726m in February against $707m the previous year. However, comparable store sales slipped 1% due to a delay in income tax refunds. The company, which operates 1,091 stores, said it expects the decline in comparable store sales to continue into March and April because of the earlier timing of Easter this year.

Discount retailer Stein Mart recorded a 5.6% increase in total sales to reach $85.2m, compared to $80.7m the year before. Comparable store sales were up 0.6%. The company said it was pleased with its performance, adding that linens, women's casual sportswear and men's sportswear posted the strongest sales, while women's boutique, special sizes, dresses and accessories were more challenged.

Off-price retailer The TJX Companies saw total sales reach $1.8bn during the four weeks to 2 March, up 7% over $1.6bn last year. Comparable store sales climbed 1%. The company said business trends picked up during the later part of the month. Despite winter storms, which kept many customers at home, it was pleased with its momentum in warmer markets and the strength of its European units.

Value-priced fashion retailer The Cato Corporation said net sales edged up 1% to $84.7m over $83.9m last year. Same-store sales, however, declined 3% from the prior year. The company, whose brands include Cato, Versona and It's Fashion, said is February sales reflect the "continuing difficult economic environment". The group closed four stores during the month.