NEW YORK — Charlotte Russe Holding Inc, a specialty retailer focused on younger women, reported a 17.7 percent rise in its third-quarter earnings as cost controls offset weaker sales.

The San Diego-based fashion company said income increased to $5.6 million, or 24 cents a diluted share, for the three months ended June 29, a penny below Wall Street’s expectations. Profits were $4.8 million, or 70 cents, in last year’s third quarter. Total sales ramped up 30 percent to $102 million from $78.4 million, but decreased 0.3 percent on a comparable-store basis.

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