Target’s 2Q Profits Exceed Expectations

Chicago, Target Corp.’s second-quarter profits rose 50%. The company earned $540 million, or 61? per share. Analysts had expected earnings to be 59? per share. Last year, Target made $360 million, or 39? per share, during the second quarter.

Target attributes its higher earnings to a demand for clothing and outdoor gear due to the hot summer weather. The company is the No. 2 discount retailer in the U.S. behind Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

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