By  on September 9, 2009

The Talbots Inc. on Wednesday reported narrower second-quarter losses than a year ago and positive customer response to fall merchandise, but said it expects a challenging second half.

The loss for the three months ended Aug. 1 was $24.5 million, or 45 cents a diluted share, versus a $25 million loss, or 47 cents, in the year-ago quarter. Excluding restructuring and impairment charges, the loss from continuing operations was $17.6 million, or 33 cents a share, better than the 52-cent loss expected by analysts, and higher than the adjusted loss of $9.4 million, or 17 cents, in last year’s quarter.

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