Net income at Hot Topic Inc rose 10 per cent to $3.68 million in the first quarter to 4 May 2002, up from $3.34m last year. The specialty retailer of music-related apparel and accessories said net sales for the period increased 27 per cent to $79.90m from $62.92m. Comparable store sales decreased 0.5 per cent for the quarter over last year it said.