Yep, it's that time of the month again. December same-store sales are out -- and they were disappointing for most specialty retailers, except for those that peddle electronics and gadgets.

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First off, women's apparel retailers were mixed with shining results from

Talbots

(TLB)

, which saw its December same-store sales rise 12.9% over the year-ago period, and

AnnTaylor

(ANN)

which saw sales fall 0.3%. Same-store sales are sales in stores that have been open at least a year.

The Limited

(LTD)

reported flat sales for the month, while the lingerie company it has an 84% stake in,

Intimate Brands

(IBI)

, saw sales drop 3%.

First Call/Thomson Financial

expected the Limited's sales to rise 3.8%.

Gap

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and

Abercrombie & Fitch

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both saw same-store sales slide. Gap was off 6% (analysts were expecting Gap sales to fall just 2.8%), while Abercrombie dropped 11%.

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Jewelers and mall staples

Whitehall Jewellers

(JWL)

and

Zale

(ZLC)

saw November and December sales down, 8.7% for Whitehall and 3.1% for Zale.

And even though upscale jeweler

Tiffany

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saw sales increase 2% for the two months, it said fourth-quarter earnings will miss estimates. The company, which is synonymous with elegance and opulence, said its earnings will come in at 56 cents a share, well below the 20-analyst estimate of 64 cents.

Still, one segment of specialty retailers saw strength in December: gadgets and electronics.

Sharper Image

(SHRP)

said sales were 10% higher for the month, with help from online sales. Also,

Brookstone

(BKST)

rose 3.3% and

Radio Shack

(RSH)

bounced 8%.

Restoration Hardware

(RSTO)

, which almost fits into that category, but also boasts home furnishings and decorative hardware, saw a 5.7% increase over the nine-week "holiday" period.