Major sporting goods retailer The Sports Authority Inc on Monday raised its third quarter earnings view on the back of strong sales.

The Colorado-based operator of more than 380 stores said it now expects earnings for the quarter ending November 1 to range from 13 to 15 cents per share, excluding any costs associated with its recent merger with Gart Sports.

That compares to its previous outlook of three to five cents a share. It added for the fiscal year ending January 31, it expects to earn between $1.98 to $2.03 a share, excluding merger costs.

Sports Authority vice chairman and CEO, Doug Morton, said: "Our strong results for the third quarter thus far have been driven by a consistent positive comparable store sales performance in both the former Gart Sports Company and Sports Authority stores.

"This performance reflects how well the merger integration process has gone to date. We remain committed to further leveraging our leadership position in the marketplace and capitalising on the many growth opportunities that still lie ahead."