US fibre giant DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI) has revealed modest second quarter sales growth but said they were offset by lower selling prices.

The company, which comprises DuPont's nylon fibres, polyester fibres, Lycra brand fibre and spandex businesses, plus their intermediates and joint ventures, said it operating profit after tax soared to $91 million from $7m in the year-ago period.

Its parent group saw its profits soar to $543m from a net loss of $213m in 2001 and said it expects a "substantial improvement in second half results".

Chairman and CEO, Charles Holliday Jr, commented: "We are now benefiting from the steps taken to position ourselves for sustainable growth.I am pleased with our improved business results and the continuing progress of the global economic recovery.

"Our businesses and their customers are experiencing positive momentum in many of the markets they serve. The improvements in our businesses are broad-based and are creating a positive environment for DuPont to meet its growth goals and to increase value for our shareholders."