RPM ( RPM) posted a rise in second-quarter earnings as the sealants company continued to benefit from growth in its industrial business.

The Medina, Ohio, company made $53 million, or 42 cents a share, for the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from $19 million, or 15 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding certain items, earnings rose to 34 cents a share from 23 cents a year ago, beating the Thomson Financial analyst consensus estimate by a penny.

Revenue rose to $809.4 million from $739.4 million a year earlier, missing the $810.4 million Thomson forecast.

The company's industrial segment posted a 13.5% sales increase to $528.6 million from $465.6 million in the year-ago second quarter. Organic sales, excluding the effect of acquisitions, increased 11.3%, including 1.6% in foreign exchange gains.

Sales by RPM's consumer segment increased 2.6% to $280.8 million from $273.8 million a year ago. Of the growth in sales, 1.0% was organic, including 0.6% in foreign exchange, and the remaining growth was through acquisitions.

The company said it remains confident in 2007 guidance calling for 10% to 12% earnings growth on sales growth of 8% to 10%.