Specialty chain Children's Place said colder weather and 'special apparel' sales helped push up its third-quarter income.

Third-quarter income totalled $29.3 million compared to $17.7m in the same period last year. Net sales rose 57 per cent to $441.1m, as same-store sales grew 6 per cent.

Chairman and chief executive Ezra Dabah said: "Over the past year, The Children's Place has further established itself as a leading children's specialty retailer, while we have simultaneously achieved the the goals and objectives we set for the Disney Store acquisition."

The Children's Place designs, contracts to manufacture and sells value-priced merchandise under The Children's Place and licensed Disney Store brand names.