Leading casual apparel designer and retailer American Eagle Outfitters Inc on Wednesday revealed a 16.3 per cent rise in February sales to $71.1 million, compared to the year-ago period.

Total sales for the period include $4.6m from the Bluenotes/Thriftys operation, compared to $5.3 million for the corresponding period last year, while same-store sales for American Eagle Outfitters stores slipped 1.2 per cent.