The following is a general roundup of apparel and shoe chains' July 2007 sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

International retailer Gap reported net sales of $1.054bn for the four-week period of July, which is an increase of 1% compared to the corresponding period last year. The company's same-store sales for July 2007 decreased 7% compared with a 4% decrease as reported in July last year.

Ross Stores reported sales of US$450m for the four weeks ended 4 August, a 9% increase over July 2006. Same-store sales grew 1% compared to last year's month.

Mall-based active apparel retailer Aeropostale announced that total net sales increased 17.7% to $111.7m for the four-week period, while same store sales for the month decreased 11.9%.

Fashion outlet Abercrombie & Fitch reported net sales of US$296.4m for the four-week period ended, a 29% increase over net sales of $230.0 for last year. July same-store sales decreased 4% for the four-week period.

Women's specialty retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corporation said that for the four-week period net sales increased 2.8% to $161.0m and same-store sales for the July 2007 period decreased 5.0%.

Stein Mart said that for July, net sales were $84.5 - slightly up from $82.8 in the same month last year. Same-store sales at the retailer were up 2%, it reported.

Fashion firm Nordstrom reported preliminary sales of $900.5m for the four-week period, an increase of 6.9% on July 2006. Same-store sales increased 9.4%.

Christopher & Banks Corporation posted July total sales of $53.8m compared to $49.6m in the corresponding period last year. July same-store sales increased 4%

The Cato Corporation reported sales of $60.7m for the four weeks ended 4 August, an increase of 1% over sales of $60.3m last year. Same-store sales for the month decreased 5%.

July sales at Private brand retailer Chico's increased 10.4% to $121.4m from $110.0m reported for the four-week period ended 29 July 2006. Same-store sales for the month decreased 6.7% for the four-week period ended.

Victoria's Secret owner Limited Brands said that same-store sales for the four week period decreased 3% compared to the same period last year. The company reported net sales of $644.5m for the four weeks ended 4 August.

The Buckle announced that net sales increased 30.3% to $44.3m for July, while same-store net sales, for stores open at least one year, increased 7.6%.

Stage Stores that its total sales for July period increased 7.0% to $109.2m from $102.1m for the prior year four-week July period. Same-store sales for the month decreased 1.7% versus an increase of 6.2% last year.

Mothers Work, the maternity apparel retailer, said that net sales for the month of July 2007 decreased 10.1% to $42.2m from $47.0m reported for the month of July 2006. Same-store sales decreased 9.4%, based on 1,388 locations, versus a same-store sales increase of 3.9% based on 1,470locations for July last year.

United Retail Group announced that net sales decreased 5% to $31.2m during July, while same-store sales decreased 6% for the month versus a 4% increase in July 2006.

Action sports apparel seller Zumiez announced that total net sales for the month increased 42.4% to $28.2m. The company's same-store sales increased 9.7% for the four-week period.

Off-price retailer The TJX Companies reported July 2007 sales of $1.3bn, up 8% over the $1.2bn last year. Same-store sales for the four-week period ended increased 5% over 2006.

Retailer Saks Incorporated announced that owned sales totaled $201.4m, a 16.8% increase. Same-store sales increased 14.9% for the four-week period.

Kohl's Corporation  reported that sales for the four-week period increased 7.7% over the four-week period last year. On a same-store basis, sales were flat to last year.

Meanwhile, Macy's reported total sales of $1.602bn, a decrease of 0.2% compared to the same period last year. On a same-store basis, Macy's sales were down 1.4% for the month.

Dillard's announced that sales for the four week July period were $500.3m compared to sales for July 2006 of $527.6m, decreasing 5%. Sales in comparable stores decreased 6%.

Another department store operator, The Bon-Ton Stores, announced total sales decreased 7.6% to $194.3m, with Bon-Ton and Carson's combined same-store sales down 7.6%.

Regional department store chain Gottschalks announced that same-store sales for the month of July 2007 decreased 3.9% from the prior year. Total sales for the month decreased 5.5% to $41.1m from $43.4m in July 2006.

JC Penney total company sales increased 13.3% for the four weeks of July, including a 13.6% increase in total department store sales. Same-store sales increased 10.8%.

Reuters quoted SpendingPulse as saying that retailers had suffered "summer doldrums" during the month, as buyers have delayed back-to-school shopping this year.