BALTIMORE ( TheStreet) -- Apparel, a category hardest hit during the recession, was, surprisingly, Under Armour's ( UA) saving grace in its second quarter.

The athletic apparel and footwear maker posted a surprise profit, as its apparel business offset a decline in footwear sales. Under Armour said it even expects full-year earnings above Wall Street's consensus, sending shares of the company up 4% to $26.63 in morning trading.

During the quarter, the company earned $1.44 million, or 3 cents per share, from $1.38 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts expected a loss of 2 cents.

Revenue rose to $164.6 million from $156.7 million. Clothing revenue spiked 16.5% to $112 million, while footwear revenue tumbled 18.4% to $37.5 million from last year.

Looking forward, Under Armour expects full-year earnings in the range of 80 cents to 82 cents per share, a penny higher than analysts' forecast.

--Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York.
Copyright 2009 TheStreet.com Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

If you liked this article you might like

Closing Bell: LIVE MARKETS BLOG

Closing Bell: LIVE MARKETS BLOG

Haters Have an Incredible New Chance to Send the Bull Market in Stocks Crashing

Haters Have an Incredible New Chance to Send the Bull Market in Stocks Crashing

The Long-Awaited Stock Market Correction Is Lurking

The Long-Awaited Stock Market Correction Is Lurking

Cramer: The Stock Market Had Three Sessions

Cramer: The Stock Market Had Three Sessions

Amazon Won't Be Only Retailer Alive in 5 Years

Amazon Won't Be Only Retailer Alive in 5 Years