MILAN — Softness in its Sunglass Hut International operation took the rap for lower second-quarter sales at Luxottica Group SpA, but operating efficiencies elevated earnings 8.1 percent.

The firm said its second-quarter net income rose to $111.8 million, or 25 cents a share, from $103.4 million, or 23 cents, in the 2001 quarter, as better operating margins offset weaker retail sales, especially at its recently acquired U.S. chain Sunglass Hut International.

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