By  on August 28, 2013

Chico’s FAS Inc. posted a decline in second-quarter profits.

For the three months ended Aug. 3, the company said net income fell 18.4 percent to $43.6 million, or 27 cents a diluted share, from $53.4 million, or 32 cents, a year ago. Sales inched up 1 percent to $649.5 million from $641.7 million, although comparable-store sales fell 2.6 percent. By operation, sales at Chico’s/Soma Intimates were essentially flat at $414.7 million versus $414.6 million a year ago. White House|Black Market saw a 5 percent gain to $205.1 million, while Boston Proper posted a 9 percent decline to $29.7 million.

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