Off-price apparel chain Syms Corp on Friday revealed it doubled its third quarter net profit to $800,000 from $400,000 in the year-ago period despite a slip in sales. The New Jersey-based operator of 40 stores said in short news release sales for the 13 weeks to November 30 fell 2.4 per cent to $73.3m from $75m in 2001, with same-store sales for the quarter up 1.9 per cent.