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NEW YORK CITY-Though consumers are still battling high gas prices, analysts generally expect retailers to post favorable year-over-year same-store sales for the month of June, according to reports. Most retailers will release their numbers on Thursday.

In a note released today, Bear Stearns retail analyst Dana Telsey says, “With the return of warmer weather, the combination of clearance events and school finally letting out compelled shoppers to hit the stores in search of wear-now apparel.” Additionally, home furnishings could also perform well due to continued low interest rates, the note says.

Wachovia Capital Markets says that June sales should improve over May’s, due to a declining unemployment rate and a three-year high in consumer confidence during the month. However, the investment bank predicts a tough month for Pier 1 Imports, which it says could see a 5% to 7% June decline.

Warmer weather through much of the country could help lawn and garden sales, says a Piper Jaffray report. The firm sees a 6% jump by Costco, as well as a 4% increase by Big Lots for the month.

A Lehman Brothers report says that warm weather could favorably impact the dollar-store sector, though the high gas prices and other economic factors have pressured its low-income customers. The investment bank predicts a 4.1% jump for Dollar General and 2.5% increase for Family Dollar, but a 3% drop for Dollar Tree.

Meanwhile, Lehman sees more favorable results coming from drugstores, due to a stronger demand for prescriptions. Lehman forecasts a 9.2% spurt by Walgreens and a 5.6% hike by CVS.

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