Third-quarter revenue at footwear company Wolverine World Wide Inc rose 13.2 per cent to $260.9 million, from $230.6m in the same period last year.

Earnings per share for the third quarter of 2004 were $0.55 compared to $0.40 reported for the third quarter of 2003, an increase of 37.5 per cent.

For the first three quarters of 2004, revenue reached $684.5m, a 12.9 per cent gain over the $606.1m reported for the first three quarters of 2003.

President and chief executive officer, Timothy O'Donovan said: "We are very pleased with the higher-than-expected revenue increase and solid profit contribution we experienced in the third quarter of 2004.

"This record performance was driven by the Outdoor Group, consisting of Merrell and Sebago, with strong profit performances also delivered by the Wolverine, CAT and Hush Puppies Footwear Groups."