Fortune Brands--the conglomerate whose home products include such names as Moen faucets, Aristokraft and Kitchen Craft cabinets, Therma-Tru doors and Simonton wndows--reported today that its home and security group's operating profit more than doubled to $82.6 million in the second quarter from $36 million in the year-earlier period on a 13.3% climb in net sales to $878.1 million.

The group's gains benefited from "[market] share gains fueled by new products, new offerings across price points and expanded relationships with key customers," chairman and chief executive officer Bruce Carbonari said. He also indicated at another point that some home products sales that might have occurred later this year were pulled into the second quarter as a result of consumers' desire to buy homes while tax benefits were still in effect.