Value clothing chain Kohl's Corp on Thursday announced a 43 per cent jump in second quarter net profit to $124.4 million from $86.5m in the year-ago period amid a 27 per cent jump in total sales to $1.9 billion.

The Wisconsin-based company said it recorded double-digit sales growth in merchandise categories including women's, children's and junior apparel, and women's accessories.

Kohl’s, which sells a wide range of moderately priced, name-brand merchandise through stores located in convenient, easy-access locations, has performed well in recent months and plans to open 75 new stores this year to take its total to more than 450.

CEO Larry Montgomery said the firm would open four smaller Kohl’s units in the Midwest this fall and if they were successful it would expand the concept to towns and cities with populations of 100,000 or less.