Sweater manufacturer Hampshire Group Ltd on Friday posted a 54 per cent climb in 2002 net profit to just over $17 million from $11.1m in the year-ago period despite a slip in fourth quarter net income. The South Carolina-based firm said 2002 net sales rose 12 per cent to $293.2m from $261.3m in 2001 and added fourth quarter net sales rose to $109.7m from $97.8m with quarterly profit sown to $7.4m from $7.8m.