Women's clothing chain Chico's FAS Inc on Thursday posted a 47.8 per cent jump in second quarter net income to $16.4 million from $11.1m in the year-ago period on the back of surging sales and higher gross margins. The Florida-based operator of 340 stores said net sales climbed 39.8 per cent to a record $125.1m from $89.5m last year with same-store sales up 11.6 per cent from 2001.