Women's apparel maker Cygne Designs Inc has seen third quarter net sales soar 70 per cent year-on-year to $9.11 million, up from $5.36m in the same period a year ago.

The company, which attributed the rise to increased sales to Lerner New York and Jordache Enterprises, also posted pre-tax income of $186,000 for the quarter, compared to a loss of $198,000 in the comparable period last year.

Third quarter net income, meanwhile, was $106,000, up from a loss of $206,000 in third quarter 2002.

Cygne is a manufacturer of private label women's apparel, with sales to retailers and wholesalers in the United States.