Third-quarter earnings at clothing and footwear maker Kenneth Cole Productions Inc increased 22 per cent, boosted by growth in wholesale and licensing revenues.

Quarterly income was $19.3 million or 59 cents per share, up from $15.8m, or 49 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Third-quarter revenue totalled $144.7m - an increase from $132m from 2003.

The company lowered fiscal 2004 earnings profections to $77.5m, or $2.75 a share, compared to earlier predictions of of $89m to $91m, or $3.15 to $3.25 a share.