* Fiscal Q2 EPS C$0.07 vs yr-ago loss of C$0.16/shr
* Excluding items, fiscal Q2 earnings C$0.16/shr
TORONTO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Canadian pharmacy chain Jean Coutu (PJCa.TO) reported a quarterly profit on Tuesday as retail sales increased significantly in spite of current economic conditions.
The Montreal-based company said it had earned C$14.9 million, or 7 Canadian cents a share, in the second quarter ended Aug. 29, compared with a year-earlier loss of C$39.1 million, or 16 Canadian cents a share.
Excluding one-time items and losses from the company’s stake in U.S. drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp (RAD.N), profit rose to 16 Canadian cents a share from 14 Canadian cents.
The company, which has some 358 stores spread across Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario, said quarterly revenue rose 7.3 percent to C$608.7 million. ($1= $1.06 Canadian) (Reporting by Scott Anderson; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)