Upscale fashion vendor Nordstrom Inc on Wednesday reported a smaller-than-expected 0.2 per cent rise in August same-store sales.

The Seattle-based company said in a statement same-store sales in full-line stores increased in the Midwest, but fell in the Northwest, Southwest and East Coast.

It added total sales for the month climbed rose 3.9 per cent to $362 million from $348m in the year-ago period.