MARTINSVILLE, Va., Sept. 8, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hooker Furniture (Nasdaq:HOFT) today reported net sales of $53.4 million, a 16.1% year- over -year increase for its fiscal 2011 second quarter which began on May 3, 2010 and ended August 1, 2010. The Company increased net sales $7.4 million from $46.0 million during the same period a year ago.

Net income for the second quarter increased $1.6 million to $1.2 million, or $0.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $463,000, or $0.04 per share, for the comparable period last year.

For the first half, which began on February 1, 2010 and ended August 1, net sales increased $6.7 million, or 6.8% to $104.7 million compared to $98.0 million for the fiscal 2010 first half. The Company reported net income for the 2011 first half of $2.3 million or $0.21 per share, compared with a net loss of $919,000, or $0.09 per share, in the fiscal 2010 six-month period.

"We're pleased to have grown sales in a difficult retail environment and during what is traditionally the weakest quarter for the furniture industry," said Paul B. Toms Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. "It was also gratifying to turn profitability around from the prior year quarter."

Increased sales were driven by higher unit volume as the Company made progress in reducing an order backlog swollen by production delays and shipping bottlenecks in the prior two quarters. Sourcing delays that negatively affected sales since last fall have eased somewhat. "Working closely with our vendor partners, we have made real progress this quarter flowing product," said Toms. "Order backlog levels came down sequentially, but are still slightly above prior-year levels." At the end of the second quarter, Hooker had approximately 6.6 weeks of order backlog as compared to an 8.2 week backlog at the end of the first quarter and a 5.7 week backlog at the same time a year ago. "While our manufacturing partners are not yet back to traditional lead times, we expect to continue to make progress in shipping our backlog and improving inventory availability to our customers during the third quarter," Toms said.