Apparel giant Gap Inc had more good news on Thursday when it revealed a nine per cent jump in November same-store sales and a 14 per cent climb in net sales for the month.

The San Francisco-based operator of nearly 4,300 stores said net sales for the four weeks to November 30 surged to $1.3 billion from $1.2bn in 2001.

Gap domestic same-store sales rose six per cent last month and Gap international sales four per cent. The firm also reported a three per cent climb in same-store sales at Banana Republic and a 15 per cent jump at Old Navy.

"Overall, November sales slightly exceeded our beginning of month projections," said CFO Heidi Kunz. "Total company margins improved year over year across all divisions despite continued promotional activity.

"Customers are responding well to key items in our marketing campaigns, including the Crazy Stripe sweater, scarf and hat at Gap, and Performance Fleece at Old Navy."

Gap added year-to-date net sales of $11.1bn for the 43 week period were up two per cent on $10.9bn in 2001.