Jeans and casual wear manufacturer VF Corp has reported a higher second-quarter profit. The company said its acquisition of Nautica helped overcome slow growth in the jeanswear industry.

VF Corp, which makes Wrangler and Lee jeans, said that second-quarter net income rose 20 per cent to $90.1 million from $74.9m a year earlier.

Net sales increased by 12 per cent to $1.269 billion from $1.134bn in the same period last year.

Second quarter sales were boosted by a $115m contribution from clothing designer and marketer Nautica.

The acquisitions of the Vans, Napapijri and Kipling brands added another $11 million to sales in the quarter.

Sales in the company's Outdoor businesses, which include The North Face, Vans, JanSport, Eastpak, Napapijri and Kipling brands, jumped 21 per cent in the quarter to $146m from $121m.

Total jeanswear sales declined 6 per cent to $579 million in the second quarter, reflecting challenges faced by several key customers in the US the company said.

Global intimate apparel sales were up 12 per cent to $235m from $210m in the prior year's second quarter. 

Mackey J McDonald, chairman and chief executive officer said: "This was a terrific quarter on all accounts, with growth coming from both our core businesses as well as newly acquired brands.

"We now have more diversification in our business mix, more brands with strong growth potential and more opportunities to invest in our future."

He said VF Corp will be increasing its marketing spending, investing in new resources and establishing a new customer team organisation.