Leading producer and licensor of sporting apparel, Everlast Worldwide Inc, on Tuesday 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. The New York-based firm, which has signed a host of licensing deals in the past few months, said net sales for the quarter ended September 30 jumped 18.5 per cent to $16.9 million from $14.2m in 2001.