Producer and licensor of sporting apparel and goods, Everlast Worldwide Inc, on Thursday announced two new licensing deals for newborn and infant apparel and casual shoes.

The New York-based company agreed a deal with Tawil Associates Inc, also known as The Mayfair Co, for a new line that will include playwear and sleepwear. It will debut in the middle of next year.

It also signed a deal with BBC International Ltd for casual Everlast brand shoes in the US and Canada that will be available through North America from 2003.

Commenting on the Tawil deal, Everlast chairman and CEO George Horowitz said: "This agreement helps to round out the Everlast apparel offering in the US and we are now represented in virtually every apparel category which serves to enhance the brand's visibility."

He added: "BBC is a major player in the US footwear business and designs, sources and sells a number of prestigious upscale brands in the North American market.

"Like Everlast Worldwide, they are well known for marketing quality products with inspired designs."

Earlier this week, Everlast revealed said higher sales helped it post a 5.7 per cent climb in third quarter net income to $371,000 from $351,000 in the year-ago period.