The following is a general round-up of apparel and shoe chains' September sales results. The list will be updated as new results become available.

Shoe Carnival Inc, the retailer of value-priced footwear and accessories, said sales for the five-week period ended 2 October 2004 increased 4.2 per cent to $46.3 million from $44.4 million for the same period in 2003. Comparable store sales decreased 1.9 per cent in September 2004. The company said its September sales were negatively affected by "unusual weather."

Aeropostale Inc, the mall-based specialty retailer of casual and active apparel for young women and men, announced total net sales for the five-weeks to 2 October rose 18.3 per cent to $90.6 million, compared to $76.6 million for the same five-weeks last year. The company's comparable store sales increased 1.9 per cent for the month, versus a comparable store sales increase of 22.0 per cent in the year ago period.

American Eagle Outfitters Inc's September sales were up 32.2 per cent to $161.5 million, compared to $122.1 million last year. Comparable store sales for the American Eagle Outfitters stores increased 23.3 per cent, while same-store sales, which include American Eagle and Bluenotes/Thriftys stores, increased 22.7 per cent.

The youth clothing maker said total sales for the five-week period ended 2 October include $9.4 million from the Bluenotes/Thriftys operation, compared to $7.7 million for the corresponding period last year. The 21.8 per cent sales increase was due to a comparable store sales increase of 15.6 per cent as well as the strengthening of the Canadian dollar compared to a year ago.

For the five weeks ended 2 October 2004, net sales at men's apparel retailer Men's Wearhouse were $140.0 million, up 7.5 per cent on the $130.3 million posted in the prior year period. US comparable store sales increased 1.9 per cent and Canadian comparable store sales increased 9.2 per cent when compared to the same period a year ago.

Large-size women's fashion apparel and footwear retailer United Retail Group Inc reported a 5 per cent increase in net sales to $36.0 million during September 2004 from $34.3 million during September 2003. Comparable store sales increased 6 per cent for the month.

Hot Topic posted September sales of $57.9 million, up from last year's $48.9 million. Its same-store sales grew 1.1 per cent, down from 9 per cent last year.

Limited Brands, which owns mall-based chains Victoria's Secret and Limited Stores, said September sales totalled $679.3 million, down from $714.4 million last year. Same-store sales dropped 5 per cent.

Claire's Stores Inc posted a 10 per cent jump in comparable store sales in September, versus a 7 per cent rise during the same month last year. Total sales during the five weeks ended 2 October increased 13 per cent to $105.88 million against $93.91 million last year.

Men's wear retailer JoS A Bank Clothiers Inc said total sales for the fiscal month of September increased 15.9 per cent to $32.1 million, compared with $27.7 million in the prior-year month. Same-store sales increased 3.9 per cent over September 2003, while combined catalogue and internet sales increased 8.7 per cent. The 3.9 per cent comparable store sales gain follows an increase of 13.0 per cent in September 2003.

Goody's Family Clothing Inc posted total sales of $94.3 million for the fiscal month of September 2004, a decrease of 4.7 per cent from the $98.9 million reported last September. Comparable store sales fell 9.1 per cent.

September sales at The Children's Place Retail Stores Inc were $105.8 million, a 20 per cent increase on the $88.4 million reported in September 2003. Same-store sales for the five-week period increased 12 per cent. During the month, the company opened four stores. The company said discussions are continuing with The Walt Disney Company to acquire and operate under a long-term license arrangement The Disney Store retail chain in the United States and Canada.

Contemporary women's wear retailer Bebe Stores Inc reported retail sales of $40.0 million for September, an increase of 25.8 per cent on last September's sales of $31.8 million. Same store sales at its Bebe Stores and Bebe Sport stores for the five-week period to 2 October 2004 jumped 17.6 per cent.

Cache Inc, the 276 store women's apparel chain, reported a 2 per cent drop in same-store sales during September 2004. Total sales increased $645,000 or 3 per cent to $21.7 million for the five week period ended 25 September.

Leatherwear retailer Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc reported a 12.1 per cent decrease in September sales to $30.2 million compared to $34.3 million last year. Same-store sales were up 3.7 per cent for the five weeks ended 2 October 2004.

Casual apparel, footwear and accessories retailer The Buckle Inc said September sales increased 4.6 per cent to $43.4 million from sales of $41.5 million in the corresponding five-week period ended 4 October 2003. Comparable store sales, for stores open at least one year, rose 0.3 per cent.

Chico's FAS Inc, operator of the Chico's, White House/Black Market and Soma by Chico's stores reported a 23.7 per cent jump in September sales to $106.4 million from $86.0 million in the same period last year. Same-store sales increased 5.2 per cent.

Total September sales at Pacific Sunwear of California Inc were $98.9 million, an increase of 20.8 per cent over last September's $81.9 million. Company same store sales increased 9.8 per cent. PacSun same store sales increased 10.6 per cent and d.e.m.o. same store sales increased 3.9 per cent.

Sales from continuing operations at specialty retailer The Wet Seal Inc, excluding the discontinued Zutopia division, were $41.4 million in September, compared with $46.6 million for the same period last year. Same-store sales fell 8.0 per cent.

The Talbots Inc's fiscal September sales increased 3 per cent to $187.5 million from $182.5 million in the same period last year. Comparable store sales decreased 1.3 per cent for the month.

Women's plus-size apparel chain Charming Shoppes Inc reported that total sales for the five weeks ended 2 October 2004 were down to $205.6 million from $206.3 million for the same period in 2003. Comparable store sales for Charming Shoppes, Inc decreased 2 per cent. Extreme weather during September had a negative impact on sales the company said. Same-store sales at Lane Bryant Stores rose 5 per cent, and decreased 6 per cent and 9 per cent at Fashion Bug Stores and Catherines Stores respectively.

Fashion specialty retailer Nordstrom Inc said its September sales were $598.4 million, an increase of 7.1 per cent on the $558.9 million posted last year. Same-store sales increased 6.2 per cent.

Casual Male Retail Group Inc, operator of Casual Male Big & Tall and the exclusive retailer of George Foreman's clothing collection, said same-store sales increased 2.3 per cent for the month. September sales results for the Casual Male Big and Tall stores, catalogue and e-commerce business increased 1.8 per cent to $27.7 million from $27.2 million for the prior year period.

Comparable store sales at Deb Shops Inc rose 0.9 per cent for the month ended 30 September 2004. Total sales increased 0.5 per cent to $22.4 million from $22.3 million. Deb Shops operates 328 stores under the DEB and Tops 'N Bottoms names.

Value-priced women's fashion apparel retailer The Cato Corporation reported sales for the five weeks ended 2 October of $59.0 million, 6 per cent ahead of last September's $55.5. Comparable store sales increased 1 per cent for the month.

AnnTaylor Stores Corporation said total net sales in September increased 16.9 per cent to $187.66 million from $160.48 million last time. By division, net sales fell to $79.72 million for Ann Taylor versus $83.58 million last year, and $89.96 million for Ann Taylor Loft compared to $64.48 million last year. Comparable store sales increased 1.4 per cent for the period. By division, same-store sales for fiscal September 2004 were down 5.1 per cent for Ann Taylor, and up 10.2 per cent for Ann Taylor Loft.

The Gymboree Corporation reported net sales from retail operations of $62.9 million, an increase of 11 per cent on last year's $56.6 million. Comparable store sales increased 4 per cent. Results from United Kingdom and Ireland retail operations are not included in September calculations as the company is planning to close these operations. The company said September gross margins were much lower than expected.

Net sales at Abercrombie & Fitch were $174.7 million in September, a 17 per cent increase over last year's $149.6 million. September same-store sales increased 2 per cent. The company operated 360 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 173 Abercrombie stores, 213 Hollister Co stores and 3 Ruehl stores at the end of September.

September retail sales at Brown Shoe Company's Famous Footwear chain increased 8.9 per cent to $104 million in September from $95.5 million in the same period last year. The company said back-to-school business was lower than planned. Same-store sales for September were up 4.7 per cent. Sales at its Naturalizer retail division were $19.7 million for September versus $21 million for the year-ago period. September same-store sales declined 8.1 per cent.

Off-price retailer The TJX Companies Inc reported September 2004 sales of $1.4 billion, up 9 per cent over $1.3 billion achieved during the same period last year. Same-store sales for the five-week period ended 2 October 2004, increased 1 per cent over last year's very strong 8 per cent increase. Excluding hurricane-hit Florida and Puerto Rico, the company said its same-store sales were up 2 per cent.

Footwear retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc said its same-store sales decreased 6.5 per cent during the September reporting period. September same-store sales decreased 5.6 per cent excluding the approximately 440 North American Payless ShoeSource and Parade stores the company is exiting. Company sales totalled $250.2 million, a 7.1 per cent decrease from $269.5 million during fiscal September of last year.

S&K Famous Brands Inc posted total September sales of $16.7 million, up 4.4 per cent on last year's $16.0 million. Same-store sales at the value-priced men's wear retailer increased 1.1 per cent.

Ross Stores Inc's sales were $374 million for the five week period ended 2 October, a 3 per cent increase on the $363 million in sales posted during the year-ago period. Comparable store sales for the same period declined 5 per cent from the prior year.

San Francisco-based Gap Inc reported net sales of $1.45 billion for the five-week period ended 2 October 2004, a 1 per cent drop on net sales of $1.47 billion for the same period in 2003. The company's comparable store sales for September 2004 decreased 3 per cent.

Women's specialty retailer The Dress Barn Inc said its September sales increased 8 per cent to $80.4 million versus $74.6 million last year. Same-store sales rose 6 per cent.

Bankrupt casual clothing retailer Gadzooks Inc announced September sales totalling $13.2 million. Comparable store sales increased 24.2 per cent for the September period.