Department store chain

Nordstrom

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said same-store sales dropped 1.3% in January, but total sales for the month rose from the year-ago period.

Total sales for the month rose 6.4% to $317 million from January 2000 sales of $298 million. Nordstrom will release its earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter and year on Feb. 22.

In recent trading on the

New York Stock Exchange

, Nordstrom gained 66 cents, or 3.4%, to $19.98.