Gap's Same-Store Sales Slide

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Gap Inc. said it saw a strong customer response at its Old Navy chain last month, but its namesake brand posted lower comparable sales.

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Over all, Gap's total same-store sales fell 3% in September. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had projected a 2.9% decline in total comparable sales.

Gap said a late-August fire at its Fishkill, N.Y., distribution center had a negative effect of about 3 percentage points in September. The fire is expected to hurt total comparable sales by a similar amount in October.

Comparable sales rose 4% at Old Navy, while declining 10% at Gap Global and 9% at Banana Republic Global.

Gap shares rose 5.4% to $24 in after-hours trading.

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