Multi-channel retailer J Crew Group says it returned to profit in this year's second quarter, encouraged by better sales and higher prices.

Second-quarter net income increased to $2 million from a net loss of $14m in the same period last year.

Net sales rose 22 per cent to $229m from $188m a year ago, while same-store sales for the quarter increased 15 per cent.

J Crew Group Inc sells quality women's and men's apparel, shoes and accessories.