Leading retailer of private-label women's casual clothing and accessories, Chico's FAS Inc, on Wednesday posted a 39.8 per cent jump in August sales.

The Florida-based operator of more than 340 stores said sales soared to $39.5 million from $28.2m in the year-ago period, with same-store sales at its 330-owned outlets up 13.7 per cent.

It added for the 30 weeks ended August 31, total sales increased 39.8 per cent to $295m from $211m with same-store sales up 12.6 per cent.

Chico’s also said it will now release its monthly sales figures on the first Thursday following the end of each fiscal month in order to coincide with other industry rivals.