NEW YORK — Debt refinancing charges caused a pregnant pause in the profitability of maternity retailer Mothers Work Inc. in the fourth quarter, but year-end income more than tripled.

The Philadelphia-based specialty retailer, which operates a chain of 909 doors under the nameplatesMotherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod and Mimi Maternity, said its loss mounted to $1.8 million, or 38 cents a diluted share, for the three months ended Sept. 30. That compared with a loss of $186,000, or 5 cents, in the year-ago fourth quarter. Excluding a $3 million one-time refinancing charge, the retailer reported income of $1.3 million, or 24 cents.

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