Apparel manufacturer Haggar Corp on Wednesday posted a 19 per cent rise in second quarter sales and doubled its net income for the quarter compared to the year-ago period.

The Dallas-based company, which makes men's casual and dress apparel and women's sportswear, said net sales for the 13 weeks to March 31, 2002 were $138 million versus $115.7m in the same period last year.

Net income for the period was $3.9m, or 62 cents per share, compared to net income of $2m, or 31 cents per share, in 2001 – excluding a one-off charge for closing a sewing factory.

David Tehle, executive vice president and CFO, commented: “We are delighted that we were able to post such strong increases in revenue given today's difficult retail environment.

"Increasing our sales for the quarter by 19 per cent was achieved by strong results from the Haggar brand, Claiborne brand, and our retail stores. All other divisions posted solid results.

"The excellent performance in the quarter allowed us to decrease our debt by over $10m to $61.1m versus last year's level of $71.6m."