R.G. Barry Corporation reports a 12.0 percent increase in sales to $55.6 million in its second quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared with one year ago. Net earnings jumped by 47.3 percent to $6.4 million. The gross margin improved to 41.4 percent of sales from 34.7 percent. For the full first half, sales rose by 23.2 percent to $105.8 million, thanks in part to acquisitions, while the footwear segment grew by 4.8 percent to $90.1 million, and net earnings rose by 57.3 percent to $13.2 million. Indicating that it was looking for new acquisition opportunities in the area of accessories, the management attributed the better margins to the recent takeover of Foot Petals and Baggallini, as well as the repositioning of the group's Dearfoams brand.