Apparel retail giant Gap posted net sales of US$1.06bn in May, up 1% on last year’s figures, but with comparable store sales falling 4%.

Comps for Gap North America were down 4%, Banana Republic North America dipped by 6%, Old Navy edged down 1% and international sales fell 9%.

That brought year-to-date net sales to $4.36bn, down 1%, with comparable store sales decreasing by 3%.

“While net sales increased in May, we recognise the need for our brands to consistently deliver at much higher levels of performance – with improved traffic and greater product acceptance – to support our long-term growth strategy,” said Glenn Murphy, Gap chairman and CEO.

The company will report June sales figures on 7 July.