Same store sales at United Retail Group Inc fell 10 per cent in January, the women's apparel and footwear retailer said in a statement yesterday.

Total sales were down to $24.4 million from $27 million a year ago.

In the fourth quarter ended 1 February same-store sales dipped 8 per cent and total sales increased to $432 million from $427 million in the quarter last year.

For the fiscal year, same-store sales were down 1 per cent.