Among the earnings stories for Wednesday, Sept. 9, from AP Financial News:

HOUSTON (AP) ¿ Men's Wearhouse said its second-quarter profit rose 20 percent even though sales fell, as it reduced its operating costs.

LAS VEGAS (AP) ¿ Casino equipment maker Shuffle Master Inc. said its third-quarter profit jumped 87 percent as it kept a lid on expenses.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) ¿ Pistol maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.'s profit surged ahead of Wall Street expectations in the fiscal first quarter, as the company said sales of handguns and tactical rifles were strong.

SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) ¿ Plastic packaging company AEP Industries Inc. reported a fiscal third-quarter profit as sales fell 8 percent, partly due to lower selling prices.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) ¿ Rex Stores Corp. said its second-quarter profit fell 31 percent in a quarter when it closed its remaining company-owned retail stores.

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