By and  on May 19, 2011

Three specialty chains — Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Limited Brands Inc. and Chico’s FAS Inc. — reported improved bottom-line results Wednesday as higher sales were supported by improved gross margins.

Helped by strong international sales, Abercrombie registered net income of $25.1 million, or 28 cents a diluted share, for the three months ended April 30, versus a year-ago loss of $11.8 million, or 13 cents. Excluding special items, earnings per share were 27 cents, more than twice the 12-cent result expected by analysts polled by Yahoo Finance.

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