Shoes, hats and accessories retailer Genesco Inc has reported a 41 per cent hike in second-quarter profit, boosted by good sales of baseball caps and women's footwear.

Net profit for the quarter totalled $6.8 million compared to $4.8m in the same period last year, while net sales rose 12 per cent to $275m compared to $246m a year ago.

Same-store sales rose 6 per cent at Journeys and 4 per cent at Hat World, and 9 per cent at Underground Station and at Johnston & Murphy.

Chairman, president and chief executive officer Hal Pennington said: "Our results were driven by positive comps in all our retail divisions and by continued operating margin expansion."

The company also said that it is boosting its full-year 2006 expectations and now predicts sales of $1.28 billion and earnings per share from $2.28 to $2.30.

Genesco Inc sells footwear, headwear and accessories in more than 1,650 retail stores in the US and Canada, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Johnston & Murphy, Underground Station, Hatworld, Lids, Hat Zone, Cap Factory, Head Quarters and Cap Connection, as well as its ecommerce sites.