Apparel maker Hartmarx Corporation has reported better second-quarter and six-month earnings, boosted by strategies to increase operating margins.

Second-quarter net earnings rose 83 per cent to $5.4 million compared to net earnings of $3.0m in the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter totalled $145.7m compared to $142.4m in 2004.

For the six months, net earnings rose to $9.6m from net earnings of $5.1m in 2004. Revenue for the six-month period grew 3.7 per cent to $289.6m from $279.0m a year ago.

Homi Patel, chairman and chief executive officer of Hartmarx, said "Our significantly improved earnings for the second quarter and six months reflect the results of our ongoing strategies to increase operating margins through changes in product mix, efficient utilization of owned tailored clothing factories and refinements to our offshore sourcing."

Hartmarx produces and markets business, casual and golf apparel under own brands such as Hart Schaffner Marx, Hickey-Freeman, Palm Beach and Coppley.