Second quarter revenues at Wolverine World Wide Inc jumped 8 per cent to $198.8 million, propelled by the performance of its Merrell and Hush Puppies brands.

"Our strong performance in the second quarter of 2004 was led by the Outdoor Group, with Merrell remaining the top performer in our portfolio of brands," stated Timothy J. O'Donovan, the company's president and CEO.

"In addition, profit improvements were generated in the global Hush Puppies business, Wolverine Footwear Group and our slipper, leather and retail operations.

For the first half of 2004, Wolverine said its revenues reached $423.6 million, a 12.8 per cent gain over the $375.5 million reported for the first half of 2003.

Net earnings for the first half of 2004 grew to $23.3 million ($0.57 per share), up 39.5 per cent from $16.7 million ($0.41 per share) for the same period of 2003.