Nordstrom Inc. third quarter sales of $485.83 million compared with $411.34 million for the same period last year, an 18.1 percent increase

For the nine-month period, sales increased 18.5 percent to $1.56 billion from $1.31 billion.Net earnings for the quarter ended Oct. 31 were $19.93 million compared with $19.75 million, a 1.0 percent increase. On a per-share basis, net earnings were 24 cents for both periods.

For the nine-month period, net earnings were $75.81 million compared with $59.42 million, a 27.6 percent increase. On a per-share basis, net earnings were 93 cents compared with 73 cents.

On Oct. 7, the company opened its largest store in downtown San Francisco. Nordstrom now has 59 stores in operation.