NEW YORK — Higher sales and cost controls paved the way for off-price retail chain Ross Stores to report a 9.9 percent gain in its second-quarter profits.

For the three months ended Aug. 2, the Newark, Calif.-based firm said it earned $54.6 million, or 70 cents a diluted share, matching Wall Street’s expectations. Last year, the company reported earnings of $49.7 million, or 62 cents. Sales for the quarter notched up 10.1 percent to $965.6 million from $876.9 million and comparable-store sales were flat on top of a 9 percent increase in the prior year.

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