Leading women's clothing chain Chico's FAS Inc on Tuesday posted a huge 74.7 per cent year-on-year jump in third quarter net profit on the back of higher sales, improved margins and a new distribution centre. The Florida-based operator of 372 stores reported a net profit of $15.5 million versus $8.9m in the year-ago period with revenue up a whopping 46.1 per cent to $137.3m from $94m in 2001.