Georgia-Pacific ( GP) posted a huge increase in second-quarter earnings Thursday, helped by higher prices in its building products business. However, the results fell a penny shy of the Wall Street consensus. Earnings rose to $220 million, or 84 cents a share, from $61 million, or 24 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Before items, the company earned $239 million, or 91 cents a share, compared with $63 million, or 23 cents a share. On that basis, analysts were calling for 92 cents a share, according to Thomson First Call. Georgia-Pacific said income from continuing operations rose to $230 million from $54 million a year ago. Sales were $5.19 billion, up from $4.88 billion a year ago. In its building products segment, operating profit surged to $367 million from $39 million a year ago. The company said structured panel prices remain robust, though off record highs. "Our building products business, which set a new quarterly profit record, remains robust and we see consistent signs that our consumer products business strategy is working," the company said in a statement. "Through the balance of the year, we are optimistic that favorable trends in our paper businesses will further strengthen, while our building products business will remain on solid footing." Georgia-Pacific said its North American consumer products segment reported record operating profit in the quarter of $148 million, including an asset impairment and restructuring charge. That compared with $147 million a year ago. Tissue prices were up 5%, and retail case shipment volume was up 4%. The company's international segment was somewhat weak in the quarter, however, with operating profit slipping to $38 million from $39 million a year ago. The company said shipments were down in the segment, though results were helped by $3 million due to favorable currency exchange.