FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $739.6 million.

On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of $1.17.

The results exceeded Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share.

The parent of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and other stores posted revenue of $9.33 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $9.03 billion.

Sales in stores open at least a year — a key metric of a retailer's health — increased 6 percent, driven by strong customer traffic.

For the current quarter ending in November, TJX expects to earn $1.18 to $1.20 per share. That includes a benefit of 18 cents per share related to the tax overhaul. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.24. Excluding the tax benefit, TJX expects its per-share earnings to range from $1 to $1.02.

The company raised its full-year forecast and now expects earnings per share in the range of $4.83 to $4.88. Excluding benefits related to the tax overhaul, the retailer expects annual profit of $4.10 to $4.14 per share.

TJX shares have increased 33 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has increased almost 7 percent. The stock has climbed 44 percent in the last 12 months.

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