) -- If you are looking to find a recovery in retail, women's apparel retailer isn't the place to look.

Most women's clothiers recorded a loss during their second quarter or missed Wall Street's forecast.

They Just Don't Get Chico's!

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said Wednesday that it swung to a loss in its second quarter, but results matched analysts' expectations, sending shares up 3% to close at $4.91.

The company recorded a quarterly loss of $4.8 million, or 8 cents a share, compared with a profit of $8.8 million, or 14 cents, in the year-ago period.

Revenue declined 16% to $247.8 million from $295.7 million, while same-store sales sank 16.4%.

But like many of its rivals, analysts say the company is improving its merchandise.

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also reported a loss of $4.9 million, or 5 cents a share, compared with a profit of $3.1 million, or 3 cents, in the second quarter last year.

But even though the loss was in line with analysts' view, shares plunged 8% to $6.61 in after-market trading.

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Sales slipped nearly 7% to $225.2 million from $241.4 million and total same-store sales tanked 10.2%.

Last week

AnnTaylor Stores


swung to a second-quarter loss , but it too beat expectations and raised guidance.

On the flip side, plus-size retailer

Charming Shoppes

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moved into the black in its second quarter, but results were below analysts' expectations.

As a result, shares of the company, which operates Lane Bryant, Fashion Big and Catherines stores, declined 2% to end the day at $5.32.

While the company managed to earn $5 million, or 4 cents a share, despite slumping sales, results missed analysts' expectations of 7 cents a share before items. These results are compared with a loss of $10.7 million, or 9 cents, last year.

Sales dropped 19% to $527.2 million, while total same-store sales declined 14%.

So far the only real

winner in the sector has been Chico's FAS (CHS) - Get Report

. The company managed to more than double its quarterly profit and post a sales increase.

-Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.