NEW YORK — When Gadzooks decided to transform itself into an all-girls format, the Dallas-based chain knew it first was going to cost them.

With the elimination of its $160 million young men’s business now complete, the retailer posted a second-quarter loss of $7.9 million, or 86 cents a diluted share, for the three months ended Aug. 2. Results include nonrecurring charges of $1.4 million related to store closures and between $2.6 million and $2.7 million related to the liquidation of its men’s business, or a total of 27 cents a share. That compared to a profit of $115,000, or 1 cents, in the same period last year. Still, the retailer was able to post results far ahead of the $1.02 loss Wall Street analysts were expecting.

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