American Apparel has reported an increase in third-quarter sales, up 5% to US$141m for the three months to 30 September.

The retailer, distributor and manufacturer said comparable sales rose 3% against the same period last year.

"We are pleased with our sales performance this quarter and are encouraged with the overall strength of our retail, wholesale and online businesses," said chairman and CEO Dov Charney.

"Comparable store sales were positive in both our store and online channels and we saw a return to solid sales growth in our wholesale channel. As we enter what is historically our strongest quarter of the year, we are optimistic that if current sales trends continue we will continue to see substantial improvement in our overall financial performance."