Sales Soar at Men's Wearhouse

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More men rented low-cost tuxedos from Men's Wearhouse (NYS: MW) during the second quarter, helping to kick sales up 22 percent.

Revenue totaled $655.5 million, up from nearly $537 million a year earlier. Net earnings rose 33 percent, to $57.08 million, or $1.09 per share, up from $42.96 million, or $0.81 per share, in the same quarter a year earlier.

Sales were bolstered by performance from U.K. corporate clothing giants Dimensions and Alexandra, which Men's Wearhouse bought in August 2010. They contributed $63.2 million of the consolidated sales increase, or 11.8% of the consolidated growth rate, according to the company. The company said it anticipates full-year adjusted earnings of $2.13 to $2.20 a share.

Founded in 1973, the men's retailer performs alterations, rents out tuxes, and sells clothes, with 1,178 stores under the Men's Wearhouse, Moores, and K&G names.

Prime competitor Jos A. Bank (NAS: JOSB) also saw sales soar 23%, to $230.7 million, during its second quarter, which ended July 30.

Both companies have fared well during the recession, thanks to their offerings of lower-cost wardrobe options for the business world, job interviews, and special events.

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