Leading specialty retailer of kids' apparel, The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc, on Thursday posted a wider-than-expected second quarter net loss as falling July sales left large amounts of summer clothing unsold. The New Jersey-based operator of 600 stores said its net loss was $10.2m compared to $3.9m in the year prior with net sales up 10 per cent to $128.3m from $116.3m during a quarter in which it also opened 46 new outlets.