Jan 5 (Reuters) - Apparel retailer Gap Inc reported a surprise rise in December comparable sales, helped by strong demand for its Gap and Old Navy brands, a bright spot in the overall retail gloom.
The company's shares rose 7.4 percent to $24.98 in after-market trading on Thursday.
Gap, which is also shutting stores and reducing overhead costs, said it now expected full-year 2016 adjusted profit to be modestly above the higher end of the previously forecast range of $1.92 per share.
The company's comparable sales for December rose 4 percent, while analysts on average had expected a fall of 0.7 percent. (Reporting by Gayathree Ganesan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)