Halifax Engineering Inc. of Alexandria reported that profit in its fiscal second quarter, ended Sept. 30, quadrupled to $238,000 from $58,000 in the same quarter last year.

On a per share basis, that's 20 cents a share compared with 5 cents.

Revenue rose 8.9 percent to $7.56 million from $6.94 million a year earlier.

Halifax provides operations and maintenance services for equipment, including telecommunications and computer systems. President Howard Mills said the income increase in the quarter was the result of growth in the company's electronics and technical groups.

Group 1 Software Inc. of Greenbelt said that profit in its fiscal second quarter, ended Sept. 30, rose 21.5 percent to $639,000 (15 cents a share) from $526,000 (13 cents) in the same quarter last year.

Revenue was also up about 21 percent, to $5.5 million from $4.6 million.

Group 1 makes computer software systems for direct-mail marketers. Chairman Robert Bowen said the company improved its results because its mainframe computer product sales remained strong and its new line of software aimed at smaller mailers who can't afford mainframes has had good early sales.

Franklin National Bank of Washington reported that third-quarter profit rose to $63,000, compared with a loss of $37,000 in the same quarter last year.

The bank reported assets of $44.7 million.

Chairman Joel Fernebok said earnings rose mostly because of higher interest income and continuing attempts to keep costs under control.