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SAN FRANCISCO-Williams-Sonoma’s year-over-year same-store sales during its Q2, which ended July 31 were up 3.7%, mainly due to the 5.6% jump posted by the 185-store Pottery Barn chain. Williams-Sonoma stores, of which there are 254 operating, posted a 0.2% drop, but those results were better than 2% to 4% fall executives were predicting.

The 88-store Pottery Barn Kids chain was up 4.1%, while the company’s 15 outlet units reported gains of 16%. However, Hold Everything, an organizing concept with 11 stores, fell 17.2% during the period, and executives said during their quarterly conference call that they would suspend the chain’s expansion.

West Elm, one of Williams-Sonoma’s emerging brands, has the potential for the most stores in the chain, says Ed Mueller, the company’s CEO, though he did not detail how large the concept could grow. The retailer now operates six of the urban home furnishing units and executives forecast that they will double the chain by the end of their Q4.

Across all of its chains, company officials have planned a total of 37 openings for the fiscal year, and 11 closings, most of the latter in the Williams-Sonoma chain.

Net revenues during the latest quarter jumped 12.6%, to $776.2 million over last year’s same period. Retail revenues accounted $434.1 million of that total, up 13.4%, while Internet and catalog sales made up the remainder. Net earnings rose 11.6%, to $30.8 million.

During the Q3, company executives project that same-store sales will be in the 3% to 5% range, while net revenues are forecast to rise between 12.4% and 14.4%.

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