Specialty retailer of women's fashions, The Dress Barn Inc, on Thursday posted a four per cent hike in first quarter sales to $192.5 million from $185.9m in the year-ago period and said same-store sales were flat.

The New York-based operator of nearly 800 stores in 45 states added total sales for the four weeks ended October 25 rose three per cent to $67.4m from $65.3m last year with same-store sales for the month up one per cent.