Mall-based retail stocks on watch after sales reports limp in

|By:, SA News Editor

Mall-based retailers reported a slew of disappointing monthly sales reports this morning with Zumiez (ZUMZ), Buckle (BKE), and American Apparel (APP) all showing a monthly decline in comparable store sales during September while L Brands (LTD) scrounged out a 1% gain but missed estimates.

Gap (GPS) reports its monthly tally after the bell, but the overall weakness in retail already shown could tip sentiment.

On watch: AEO, ANF, CHS, URBN, TLYS, PSUN, WTSL, EXPR, RUE.