JCPenney Co Inc (NYSE:JCP), the No 5 US retailer, on Monday said its department store sales for the fourth week of November were tracking above plan, boosted by strong sales in women's and children's apparel.

The Plano, Texas-based company also said sales at its department stores through the final week of the month were "slightly positive," but the company still expects November sales to decrease by a low to mid-single digit percentage point.

JC Penney said Thanksgiving holiday sales, which include sales from Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of last week, were strong and registered a positive high single-digit, comparable-store percentage sales gain.

The company said its catalogue sales are tracking above its expectation of a mid-single-digit percentage decrease.

Shares of JCPenney were up 3.73 per cent, or 3/8, trading at $10-7/16 on the New York Stock Exchange (web sites) on Monday. The stock's 52-week low was $8-11/16 and its high, $23-5/16.