Women’s apparel retailer The Dress Barn Inc on Thursday reported a three per cent slide in October same-store sales.

The New York-based operator of 779 stores said total first quarter sales rose two per cent to $185.9 million from $182.1m last year, although quarterly same store sales fell two per cent.

It added total sales for last month slipped one per cent to $65.3m from $65.9m in 2001.