Plus-size women's retailer United Retail Group said second-quarter sales grew 5% on efforts to reposition the company's merchandise assortment.

Quarterly net sales went up 5% to US$120.9m from $114.7m a year ago. Same-store sales grew 6% in the same period.

Net income increased 22% during the second quarter, totalling $5m compared to $4.1m last year.

For the first six months of the fiscal year, net sales increased 4% to $230.3m from $221.2m in the prior-year period. Same-store sales increased 5%.

First-half net income rose 36% to $6.9m compared with $5.1m.

Chairman, president and CEO Raphael Benaroya said: "Our results reflect broad-based strength in our business. First, there is solid sales momentum. Second, there is steady growth in transactions per average store.

"Third, costs are well controlled and this, along with increased sales leverage, reduced SG&A as a percentage of net sales. Fourth, we are entering the fall season with fewer units per average store of spring/summer carryover apparel than any comparable time during the last ten years."

Benaroya added: "We have been focused on efforts to reposition our merchandise assortment, which has resulted in consistent sales growth. As we move forward, we will pursue additional productivity in our existing space as well as open new stores."