Leading US men's wear retailer, Jos A Bank Clothiers Inc, revealed on Thursday that its third quarter 2001 earnings per share are expected to double the earnings per share for the same period last year.

Earnings per share for the third quarter ending November 3 are projected to increase to at least 14 cents per share compared to earnings of seven cents per share in the third quarter of 2000 - a 100 per cent increase over 2000.

Robert N Wildrick, chief executive officer of the Maryland-based company, said: "I am pleased that in the past two years we have had six quarters of either record or increasing earnings with the expectation that this third quarter of 2001 will be greatest third quarter ever.

"This is due to the superior quality of our product and the outstanding calibre of all our associates. Our sales in the past three weeks continue to increase. Assuming we have no unforeseen events beyond our control, I believe we have much up-side as we finish the third quarter and continue into the fourth quarter."

The retailer, which sells men's classically styled tailored and casual clothing, footwear and accessories through 128 stores, will release actual third quarter 2001 earnings on November 19.