Private-label women's wear firm Cygne Designs has reported better income and sales for this year's third quarter.

Net income totalled US$765,000 for the quarter ended 31 October 2006. This compared to a loss of $520,000 for the comparable 2005 period.

Net sales, meanwhile, were $32.9m compared to $22.9m a year ago. This increase was helped by sales from the acquired private-label denim business of Innovo Group.

However, non-denim and branded denim sales were down, Cygne admitted.