Specialty retailer of women's plus-size fashions, Charming Shoppes Inc, on Thursday posted a fall in second quarter earnings as soft sales at its Lane Bryant brand hampered the group's performance. The Pennsylvania-based company reported a profit of $18.6 million, or 15 cents per diluted share, for the quarter ended August 2, compared to a profit of $25.5m, or 20 cents per share, in the year-ago period.