The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. on Thursday announced its December sales increased 2.4 percent.

Fine jewelry, ladies' sportswear and dresses in all sizes, along with ladies' outerwear and shoes, were the retail chain's best performers, CEO Brendan Hoffman said in a statement.

The store's online business also posted double-digit sales gains, he said.

Bon-Ton's total sales also increased 1.5 percent to $512.9 million in 2012, compared to $505.2 million in 2011.