Crown Crafts Inc., a Gonzales-based maker of baby and infant products, reported earnings of $1.1 million, or 11 cents per share, for the fiscal 2012 second quarter, which ended Oct. 2. The results were down from the $1.2 million, or 12 cents per share, recorded a year earlier.

Sales for the quarter dropped to $21.3 million, compared to $23.7 million for the same period a year ago.

“Several macroeconomic factors had a negative impact on our financial results in the second quarter, including the continued softness in the retail environment and the declining U.S. birth rate, which decreased by approximately 7 percent from 2007 to 2010,” Crown president and chief executive officer E. Randall Chestnut said in a news release. “We remain confident, however, that the popularity of our products and strength of our business strategy will serve as the foundation for growth despite the headwinds that currently challenge our industry.”

Higher raw material and labor costs have dampened earnings, Chestnut said. Those costs began increasing in the last part of fiscal 2011.

In addition, Crown’s earnings were lowered by $624,000 in indirect costs related to inventory.

For the first half of fiscal 2012, Crown earned $1.6 million, or 16 cents per share, on sales of $38.8 million, compared to $1.9 million, or 20 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $40.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2011.