Youth oriented casual apparel retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc today said same-store sales for American Eagle Outfitters declined 13.5 per cent for the April period.

Consolidated comparable store sales, which include American Eagle and Bluenotes/Thriftys stores, dropped 14.1 per cent for the month compared to the same period last year. Bluenotes/Thriftys comparable store sales declined 21.0 per cent in April the company said.

Total sales for the four-week period were up 0.7 per cent to $89.4 million, compared to $88.7 million last year. This figure includes $5.8 million from the Bluenotes/Thriftys operation, compared to $7.0 million a year ago.

Comparable store sales for American Eagle Outfitters declined 5.0 per cent for the thirteen-week period to 4 May 2002. Consolidated comparable store sales, which include American Eagle and Bluenotes/Thriftys stores, fell 6.1 per cent. Bluenotes/Thriftys comparable store sales declined 17.5 per cent.

Total sales for the thirteen-weeks ended 4 May 2002 increased 10.5 per cent to $277.9 million, compared to $251.5 million in the previous year. Total sales for the period include $17.5 million from the Bluenotes/Thriftys operation, compared to $20.4 million for the corresponding period last year.

American Eagle Outfitters Inc operates 643 American Eagle stores in the United States, 46 in Canada, and 112 Bluenotes/Thriftys stores in Canada. Bluenotes/Thriftys offers a more denim-driven selection for 12- to 22-year-olds.