Werner Enterprises ( WERN), truckload transportation and logistics company, said that its earnings for the second quarter rose 10.8% from a year ago, helped by growth in revenue and better operating performance in value added services business. The company earned $28.02 million, or 35 cents a share, in the quarter, compared with $25.3 million, or 31 cents a share, a year ago. Analysts polled by Thomson First Call were expecting earnings of 34 cents a share, in the most recent quarter. Second-quarter operating revenue rose 8.9% from a year ago to $528.89 million. The company said that as second quarter 2006 progressed, freight demand improved on a year-over-year basis. The company's non-asset based value added services division revenue rose 23.9% to $68.81 million. In the company's March 31, 2006 Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on May 1, 2006, the company estimated the negative impact of 4 cents to 6 cents a share on second quarter 2006 earnings compared with a year ago period, because of higher fuel costs. Fuel costs averaged 57 cents a gallon higher in the quarter compared with a year ago period. The company's fuel surcharge collections were higher than estimated, resulting in a negative impact of 2 cents a share compared with second quarter 2005 earnings. Operating profit rose 10% to $46.35 million and operating margin increased 9 basis points to 8.8%.