• Q2 profit rose 37.5% to $2.2m from $1.6m
  • Net sales were up 13.2% to $148.8m
  • Same-store store sales increased 6.0% 

Better-than-expected sales at its namesake and Arden B stores have helped lift teen apparel retailer The Wet Seal Inc to a 37.5% jump in second quarter profit.

"We were pleased with continued momentum in our business through the second quarter as we entered the back-to-school selling season," said CEO Susan McGalla.

"We generated our strongest second quarter comparable store sales results since 2005, reflecting continued strength and balance in our merchandise assortments, a clarified message of unique fashion at a value in our Wet Seal stores, and a strengthening of the business trend in our Arden B stores."

The company, which operates 542 stores, said it had also been "encouraged" by a mid-single digit rise in comparable store sales during early weeks of the back-to-school season in the first half of August.

For the third quarter, the retailer expects earnings in the range of $0.05 to $0.06 per share, on net sales of $159m to $161m.