NEW YORK — Chico’s FAS continued its trend-bucking ways in the second quarter, as it posted double-digit profits, as well as overall and comparable-store sales increases, benefiting from summer transitional merchandise and higher markups.

The Fort Myers, Fla.-based firm logged a 49.3 percent gain in income for the three months ended Aug. 2 to $24.5 million, or 28 cents a diluted share, 2 cents ahead of the most recent consensus estimates. That compares with year-ago income of $16.4 million, or 19 cents. Sales for the quarter jumped 38.7 percent to $173.4 million from $125.1 million. Sales leapt 14.6 percent on a comp basis.

“We focused on our summer transitional line this year and it paid off in a stronger initial markup and a lower year-over-year markdown rate as reflected in our 62 percent gross margin in the quarter,” Scott Edmonds, president and chief operating officer, said in a statement. “We believe that these results underscore the ongoing appeal of our concept, our fresh merchandise strategy and our excellent marketing strategies.”

As for fall, Patricia Murphy, chief merchandising officer, said on a conference call she is comfortable about third-quarter sales. To date, comps in August are running in the mid-double digits, despite this month’s blackout, which shuttered about 20 percent of its stores for a day or so.

Murphy achieved her goal of developing a separate color palette for the summer months and wear-now clothing after falling short last year by going too dark. “The colors were upbeat and clothes were lightweight,” she said, noting short- sleeve tops and skirts sold well.

The company said it is continuing to make progress in its intimates line, noting it expects to begin test marketing the collection in the second half. It also is expected to close on its recent acquisition of The White House.

For the first half, profits rose 32.3 percent to $47.8 million, or 55 cents a diluted share, compared with income of $36.2 million, or 42 cents. Salesclimbed 34 percent to $342.4 million from $255.5 million. Comps rose 11.2 percent.

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