NEW YORK — Belk Inc.’s earnings rose in the second quarter and first half of the year, despite declines in net and same-store sales in both periods.

The Charlotte, N.C.-based department store operator registered net income of $8.9 million during the three months ended Aug. 2, more than twice the $3.8 million earned in the year-ago quarter. Excluding the effects of year-ago restructuring charges, which boosted earnings after a tax benefit, and gains on property, equipment and investments in both years, profits rose 5 percent to $8.4 million from $8 million.

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