Clothing retail group Les Boutiques San Francisco on Thursday revealed it more than doubled its second quarter net earnings as it began to reap the rewards of its recent restructuring.

The Montreal-based firm reported a net profit for the three months to August 2 of C$1.8 million or 14 Canadian cents a share, compared to a profit of C$712,000, or five Canadian cents a share, in the year-ago period.

Sales fell to C$51.6m from C$63.2m mainly due to the axing of loss-making stores and the sale of its unprofitable Frisco, L'Officiel and West Coast divisions.

"We are encouraged by the first signs of improvement in our performance," said chairman Paul Delage-Roberge who had earlier announced the appointment of Sylvain Toutant as its new president and CEO.

"We have achieved our corporate restructuring objectives … and we have modified our product mix for the new fall season. Our consumer messages are also more targeted than ever. We are now focusing on maximising profitability through more efficient operations."