LOS ANGELES — Although comparable-store sales are down (4 percent in May and 27 percent in April), Jenny Ming said Old Navy has seen an improvement in traffic and margins over last year, and to stay on the right track, she outlined changes to be visible at the chain by fall.

To an audience at the Credit Suisse First Boston Global Retail and Apparel Conference in New York on Wednesday, the Old Navy president said that due to the customer’s concern for fit, the chain has reduced its assortment by 30 percent. It is providing shoppers fewer styles in a greater variety of body sizes, instead of several styles in one fit. Ming said she is also considering rolling out new categories, like maternity, which is selling well online, in the fall. She expects to make the decision within this month.

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