Casual apparel retailer Pacific Sunwear of California Inc has enjoyed a 48 per cent rise in fourth quarter net income to $34.3 million, compared to $23.2m in the same period a year earlier.

The California-based operator of the PacSun and d.e.m.o. clothing chains also posted a total sales increase of 22.9 per cent for the quarter to $326.3m, up from $265.6m in the previous fourth quarter.

Same-store sales, meanwhile, were up 12 per cent for the three-month period.