Bra sales at Victoria's Secret boost earnings for Limited Brands

Shoppers are looking for more casual pajamas, antibacterial toiletries and moderately priced underwear, executives at Limited Brands (LTD) say. The parent company of the Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works chains posted better than expected results in the third quarter and upgraded its forecast for the rest of the year, thanks to cost-cutting and improved sales of some products.

Limited Brands' net income was $6.1 million, after factoring out some gains from tax adjustments, compared to $4.2 million the same time last year. That translates into a gain of two cents per share; analysts had forecast a one-cent loss.