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Gap sales flat in April during strong first quarter

Sales at US giant Gap fell in April during a positive first quarter where sales rose 6% to $3.3bn (£2.2bn) and like-for-like sales lifted 4% in the three months to May 1.

Sales in April were flat compared to the same month last year with like-for-like sales across the group dropping 3%.

International like-for-like sales including the UK were flat for the quarter and fell 5% in April.

Gap chief financial officer Sabrina Simmons said: “With sales growth across all of our brands and significantly improved earnings, we are pleased with our first quarter performance.”

Today Gap’s US peer Urban Outfitters said total company sales for the quarter to April 30 soared 25%. Total like-for-like sales including sales generated by its direct business grew 26%, with like-for-like sales at its stores up 11% for the quarter.

Abercrombie and Fitch enjoyed a strong international performance in April with total sales soaring 94% to $40m (£26.5m).

Total sales across the group in April were up 8% to $199m (£132m), however like-for-like sales dropped 7%.

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