Youth-oriented footwear retailer Vans Inc has recorded a second quarter net sales increase of 10.4 per cent to $63.4 million, compared to $57.4m in the same period a year prior.

The California-based company, which operates 157 stores throughout the United States and Europe, also saw comparable store sales rise 15.2 per cent year-on-year for the quarter.

However, the business suffered a second quarter net loss from continuing operations of $4.1m, widened from $2.8m in the same period a year ago.

Despite the loss, Vans CEO Gary Schoenfeld remained positive about the company's performance.

"We are very pleased with the continued strong performance in our retail stores and the rebound in our domestic wholesale business," he said.

"This marks our third consecutive quarter of strong (comparable) store gains which continues to validate the product, merchandising and operational changes that we have implemented over the past year."