Columbia Sportswear Company, an outdoor apparel and footwear maker, said that net income for the second quarter of the year reached $10.0m, up 108% the same period of 2006, despite lower than expected net sales.

Columbia posted net sales of $218.6m for the quarter, an increase of 3% compared to the last year's period.

Other international net sales increased 14% to $58.0m, Europe net sales increased 9% to $31.6m, US net sales decreased 2% to $117.1m, and Canada net sales decreased 5% to $11.9m in the quarter.

Sportswear net sales increased 11% to $124.4m, while footwear net sales decreased 2% to $42.5m, outerwear net sales decreased 8% to $39.8m and accessories and equipment fell 8% to $11.9m during the quarter.

Tim Boyle, Columbia's president and chief executive officer, said: "Our record second quarter results reflect our continued focus on operating margin improvement. Second quarter gross margins increased substantially due to various factors, including continued improvements in sportswear margins, a higher mix of full price sales and favourable currency exchange rates.

"Diligent expense management and one-time benefits to selling, general and administrative expenses also contributed to operating margin leverage, despite significant increases in depreciation and amortization related to installation of new equipment and systems in our Portland distribution centre. Net sales increased to a second quarter record, but were lower than expectations due to higher than expected order cancellations in the US attributable to a challenging retail environment and a shift in timing of international distributor shipments to the third quarter."