Clothing fabric producer Dan River Inc on Friday posted a second quarter net profit of $3.7 million versus a net loss of $6.1m in the year-ago period as it benefited from cheaper raw materials and improved manufacturing operations.

The Virginia-based company said in a news release that sales in the 13 week period fell 4.9 per cent to $153.9m from $161.9m, with sales of apparel fabrics up 9.2 per cent at $37m and costs down to $123.9m from $144.5m in 2001.