Increased traffic gave a boost to Kohl’s, which reported sales and earnings that topped analysts’ estimates in the second quarter.

The company’s net income rose to $208 million, or $1.24 per share, in the quarter ended July 29, from $140 million, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Net sales declined 1%, to $4.14 billion. It was the chain’s sixth straight quarter of decline. Same-store sales fell 0.4%, not as steep as analysts had expected, compared to a drop of 1.8% last year.

“The traffic momentum that we saw in the combined March/April period…