NEW YORK — Shares of Christopher & Banks Corp. shot up 9.3 percent Wednesday after the Minneapolis-based specialty retailer reported a better-than-expected 3 percent increase in its September same-store sales.

The firm, a 513-unit chain that sells women’s clothing under the Christopher & Banks and C.J. Banks labels, also said total sales for the four-week period ended Sept. 27 increased 21.3 percent to $30.2 million from $24.9 million last year.

As reported last month, when it reported a 22.2 percent rise in second-quarter net income, C&B forecasted that its September comp-store sales would be flat to modestly positive.

Brean Murray analyst Margaret Whitfield upgraded C&B to “strong buy” from “buy.” In taking the action, she cited the firm’s overall solid performance as well as the beneficial effects of more seasonal weather, including strong sweater sales, in the month’s final week.

“During the final week of September, sales improved as a large part of our market area experienced more seasonal weather patterns,” Bill Prange, chairman and chief executive, said in a statement.

Still, even with the cooler weather, Prange maintained a cautious outlook and said the firm continues to plan for a low-single-digit comp increase for the remainder of the year.

C&B’s stock price advanced $2.27 to close at $26.13, about $5 off the 52-week high reached on Sept. 13, in New York Stock Exchange trading. The equity markets bounced back from Tuesday’s sell-off, as the Standard & Poor’s Retail Index advanced 3 percent to 354.77, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 2.1 percent to 9,466.76 and the S&P 500 gained 2.2 percent to 11,018.03.

Guess Inc. said late Wednesday that its September comps were up 13.5 percent as net sales in its stores increased 21.5 percent to $32.2 million. The performance last month left the firm with a 13.2 percent comp increase for the third quarter while total sales were up 20.5 percent to $114.2 million.

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