NEW YORK — Maternity retailer Mothers Work said sales expanded in March, but said legal expenses would further erode the fourth quarter’s already reduced profit profile.

The Philadelphia-based specialty retailer, which operates 949 stores under the Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod and Mimi Maternity nameplates, said comparable-store sales for March rose 1.3 percent compared with a 5 percent drop in February as overall sales extended 8.6 percent to $46.9 million from $43.2 million in last year’s comparable period. The firm said the Easter calendar shift negatively impacted March comps by 2 percentage points.

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