• Net loss narrowed to $6.9m from $7.3m
  • Net sales rose 2.1% to 331.9m
  • Q4 same-store sales seen up 1.0% to 3.0%

Apparel and footwear retailer Stage Stores Inc has narrowed its third-quarter loss as sales edged up 2.1%.

“The third quarter marked the fourth consecutive quarter in which we achieved improved bottom-line results versus the prior year,” noted president and CEO Andy Hall. “Our results for the quarter keep us on track to meet our fiscal 2010 objectives of growth in sales, operating margin and EPS.”