Specialty retailer of music-licensed and music-influenced apparel, Hot Topic Inc, on Thursday reported a slight rise in second quarter net income to $4.3 million compared to $4.2m in the year-ago period.

The operator of more than 415 stores said net sales for the quarter increased 29 per cent to $92.5m from $71.9m and comparable-store sales rose 0.6 per cent.

For the first half, its net income was $8m versus $7.6m in 2001 with net sales up 28 per cent to $172.4m from $134.9m and comparable-store sales up 0.1 per cent.