Leading women's apparel producer, St John Knits International Inc, on Friday reported a rise in fourth quarter net income to $5.3 million from $5m in the year-ago period amid a climb in net sales to $94m from $87m. The California-based company, whose brands include St John and St John Sport by Marie Gray, said for the full-year net income slipped to $24m from $25.8m with net sales down one per cent at $362.2m from $365.9m.