Trading in shares of Gap Inc. was briefly halted this morning after someone let slip the retailer’s February sales results before their intended release this afternoon.

The company’s total comparable-store sales rose 3 percent for the month. Global comps for the Gap brand rose 2 percent, while Old Navy’s increased rose 6 percent. Banana Republic’s global comps fell 5 percent.


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Shares of Gap were up 4.2 percent at $35.90 when trading was stopped on the New York Stock Exchange. That gain was tempered some, to a 3.4 percent rise to $35.63, once trading resumed.