Ladies' fashion chain Charming Shoppes Inc on Wednesday said its third-quarter profit tripled on good sales of holiday products at its its Lane Bryant stores.

Third-quarter net income totalled $7.03m, or 6 cents a share, for the third quarter ended 30 October, compared with $2.16m, or 2 cents a share, in the year-before period.

Revenue rose 2.2 percent to $541.8m from $530.3m, whilst total operating expenses decreased 0.9 per cent. Same-store sales rose 1 per cent.

Charming Shoppes, which operates the Lane Bryant, Fashion Bug, Fashion Bug Plus and Catherines Plus Sizes stores, signed a one-year deal with Davaco Sourcing Inc in September 2004 to manage its online procurement services.