Successful end-of-season clearance sales helped push same-store July sales at women's apparel retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corp up 7.4 per cent.

The company, which operates Ann Taylor and Ann Taylor Loft stores, said total sales in the four weeks ended 3 August increased 18.5 per cent to $100.6 million from $84.9 million a year earlier.

For the second quarter, which also ended on 3 August, same-store sales fell 0.2 per cent.