Outdoor shoe and apparel firm Timberland has suffered a 25% fall in quarterly profit because of poor boot and children's shoe sales.

Net income dropped to US$51.9m in the third quarter from $69.2m last year while revenues fell slightly. The company saw gains in new brands as well as Timberland apparel and casual footwear.

International revenue was also up, by 6.9% on a constant dollar basis, with growth in southern Europe, distributor markets, Canada, and Japan. But US revenues dropped 7.2%, Timberland admitted.

President and CEO Jeffrey B Swartz injected a note of optimism, saying: "We are pleased with our progress in strengthening Timberland's foundation for growth.

"We are driving continued progress against our strategies to expand Timberland's business portfolio with casual, outdoor and industrial consumers, and to strengthen our foundation for long-term growth in the US urban business."

Swartz said the business continued its global expansion and that international sales now made up almost 50% of its overall business.

"While we anticipate continued near-term pressures on our financial results, the strategies we are advancing are gaining traction and positioning us to capture the significant potential we see for our brand and enterprise," he concluded.

The company is aiming for fourth-quarter revenue growth in the mid-single digit range, reflecting forecasts of relatively static growth in the US.

It added that it expects continued pressure on gross margins in the light of business mix changes and an estimated $3m of costs associated with the anti-dumping duties on European footwear sourced in China and Vietnam.

For the full year, Timberland expects declines in comparable EPS performance in the 30% range.