First quarter sales at women's apparel retailer Bebe Stores Inc rose 1.3% to $158.5m, from $156.5m in the same period last year.

The Brisbane, California-based firm which operates 279 Bebe, Bebe outlet, Bebe Sport stores and Bebe Accessories stores, said same store sales fell 9.3%.

Average finished goods inventory per square foot was approximately 7% lower than last year the company added.