US regional retailer Weis Markets has reported a rise in half-year profits despite lapping last year's second quarter, when the company posted record earnings.

The company yesterday (18 July) booked a 3.7% increase in net income to US$39.3m for the six months to 25 June.

In the second quarter of the financial year, Weis Markets' net income inched up 0.9% but president and CEO David Hepfinger pointed to last year's results.

"One year ago, we generated record earnings in the second quarter when our company posted a 35% increase in net income," Hepfinger said. "We have now improved upon those results while posting strong sales and comparable store sales gains."

The retailer's half-year sales rose 1.4% to $1.34bn on the back of a 2.8% increase in comparable-store sales.

In the second quarter, Weis Markets saw its sales climb 3.5% to $676.1m. The company's comparable-store sales rose 5.1%.