• Q4 profit up 96% to US$2.3m
  • FY profit dips 11.3% to $5.5m
  • Boosted by sales to US military

Increased sales to the US military helped LaCrosse Footwear to report a near doubling in fourth quarter profit to US$2.3m.

The company said net sales in the three months to 31 December had risen 21% to $42.5m, helping full-year sales to increase 9% to $139.2m.

However, full-year net profit was down 11.3% to $5.5m, the company added.

It said that sales to the work market had risen by 25% in the quarter, and by 18% for the full year, thanks to continued expansion into various areas of the US military.

Outdoor sales had risen by 16% in the quarter, but fell 4% over the full year, LaCrosse said.

Company president and CEO Joseph Schneider said he was "very pleased" with the recent sales and earnings growth.

"Throughout the year, we continued to see strong demand from various branches of the US military, reflecting the proven durability and performance of our premium footwear in demanding terrain," he added.