NEW YORK — Improvements at Lane Bryant, the most prominent of Charming Shoppes’ trio of businesses, along with cost controls ignited the plus-sized specialty retailer’s bottom line in the fourth quarter.

Profits for the retailer, based in Bensalem, Pa., more than doubled to $10.1 million, or 9 cents a diluted share, which scorched past Wall Street’s forecast by 6 cents, according to First Call. Results represented a 161.6 percent increase over year-ago profits of $3.9 million, or 3 cents. Last year’s results include a pre-tax restructuring credit of $3.5 million, or 2 cents.

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