Trendy clothing chain Aeropostale Inc on Thursday revealed it swung to a second quarter profit on the back of higher sales and backed its third quarter earnings outlook.

The company reported net income for the quarter ended August 2 of $2.7 million or seven cents per diluted share, versus a net loss of $2m, or six cents per share, in the comparable quarter in the prior year.

Net sales jumped 44.2 per cent to $129.9m from $90.1m with same-store sales up 9.2 per cent.

Chairman and CEO, Julian Geiger, said: "We are very pleased with the vitality of our business in the second quarter. Our sales were driven by above-plan results for both new stores and same stores sales.

"We executed well, utilised inventory effectively, transitioned into fall assortments smoothly, and positioned our company for a successful back-to-school."

The New York-based operator of 427 stores said it is "comfortable" with the current consensus for third quarter earnings of 51 cents per share.