Updated from 10:37 a.m. EDTRetailers reported April results that were on balance fairly weak Thursday, as shoppers tentatively returned to stores and malls in the wake of the Iraq war. Sears ( S) said April same-store sales tumbled 8.5%, while total sales dropped 8% to $1.99 billion. The company reported particular weakness in its hardline products and at its specialty stores. Kohl's ( KSS) said same-store sales fell 4.1%, while overall sales rose 5.8% to $718 million. The company said apparel sales perked up when it got warmer. Target ( TGT) said April same-store sales rose 3.9%, although it reported weakness at its Mervyn's and Marshall Field's divisions. Overall sales rose 11.3% to $3.191 billion. Gap ( GPS) once again bucked the trend, saying April comps shot up 20% and total sales rose 22% to $1.2 billion. The company's Gap U.S. division saw a 23% rise in same-store sales, while international had a 20% jump, Banana Republic an 11% gain and Old Navy a 20% rise. Gap also said first-quarter sales rose 16% to $3.4 billion. First-quarter comparable-store sales increased 12%. The company now expects to report first-quarter earnings of 19 cents to 22 cents a share when it releases its results on May 22. Analysts polled by First Call are expecting a profit of only 11 cents. BJ's Wholesale ( BJ) said April comps rose 4.8% and adjusted its first-quarter earnings estimate to 15 cents to 17 cents a share, before an accounting charge. The prior estimate was 14 cents to 18 cents a share. Pier 1 ( PIR) raised its first-quarter earnings guidance despite a decline in April same-store sales. The furniture seller expects to earn 19 cents to 23 cents a share in the period, saying business has picked up following the conclusion of the war. In April, the company said, same-store sales fell 2.6%.