St. John Knits International Inc announced that it had increased its fourth quarter net sales by 19.1 per cent compared to the same period last year. Net sales reached $91.3m compared with $76.6m received for the same period last year. For the fiscal year ended October 29, 2000, net sales were $336.5m, an increase of 14.4 per cent over the $294.2m reported for fiscal 1999.