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NEW YORK CITY-Retailers posted a 2.6% year-over-year same-store sales gain in June, as rainy weather in the Northeast held back chain stores, according to an International Council of Shopping Centers report. They were also limited before the month even began, due to a tough comparison to June 2005, when comparable sales came in at 5.2%.

Retailers within every sector reported mixed results. Wal-Mart’s 1.2% increase across its concepts dropped the overall picture for other chains dramatically, as they would have posted a 4% rise without the weak performance by the world’s largest retailer.

Department stores performed the best as a whole in widely reported sectors, rising 3.8%. Kohl’s had the highest gain, at 7.1%, followed by Nordstrom and Saks Inc., which each jumped 4.7%. Dillards’ posted a 1.1% drop.

Apparel was hit the hardest during the month, inching up 0.6%. Gap Inc. had the biggest slide, falling 6%, and Deb Shops reported a 4.9% plunge. For the second month in a row, Ann Taylor and American Eagle Outfitters were the leaders of the category, shooting up 12.5% and 11%, respectively.

The 1.1% increase by Wal-Mart’s chains dictated discount stores’ 2% increase as a whole. However, Target had a strong month, with same-store sales climbing 4.8%, and TJX Cos.’s stores rose 4%.

Wholesale clubs were held back by BJ’s 0.1% drop and a 1.3% crawl at Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Clubs. Costco, however, posted a 6% increase.

For the currently month, the International Council of Shopping Centers’ research team is predicting a 3% to 3.5% gain, as comparisons to last year’s 3.6% rise won’t be as difficult.

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