NEW YORK — Shares of Charming Shoppes Inc. dived 19.1 percent Tuesday as the plus-size specialty retailer warned its third-quarter results would fall short of Wall Street’s expectations and reported September same-store sales declined 6 percent.

The Bensalem, Pa.-based operator of 2,338 stores cited inventory problems and double-digit sales declines at Lane Bryant during the month for its downward revision, which transformed expectations of 3 cents a share for the quarter into a break-even outlook. The full-year earnings-per-share projection was adjusted accordingly without a change in fourth-quarter expectations.

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