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COPT earnings rise

COPT earnings rise

Executives at Columbia-based Corporate Office Properties Trust said Friday that strong leasing should lift performance in the rest of the year, as second-quarter earnings turned positive, after losses during the same period in 2013.

The real estate investment trust, which focuses on renting buildings to government and defense contractors, reported earnings of 2 cents for the three months ending June 30, compared to a loss of 16 cents last year. Its funds from operations per share, the more common metric used within the industry, also increased, to 37 cents, versus 25 cents during the same period last year.

The results were in line with analyst expectations.

CEO Roger...