EU anti-dumping duties on shoes made in China failed to dent the performance of Danish shoe maker Ecco Sko A/S, which has more than doubled its 2006 profit on strong sales of all of its footwear categories.

Net profit soared to DKK489.m (US$87.7m) from DKK225.7m last year, following ? 18.9% rise in shoe sales. Total revenues, which includes sales of accessories and leather, rose 16.7% to DKK4,470m.

The company said sales volumes rose 14.5% and that it sold 14.8 million pairs of shoes - the highest number in the company's history.

"Our results for 2006 are a natural consequence of the long-term initiatives launched in Ecco during the past several years," said COO Mikael Thinghuus.

"Although the fire at our warehouse in Thailand and EU's punitive tariffs on leather shoes from China cost us both money and trouble and challenged our organisation, we managed to deliver the best result ever."

Ecco expects to keep this momentum going, with net revenues forecast to grow by at least 10% in 2007, even though the full impact of EU tariffs on certain types of shoes from China is expected to show.