Fashion and music retailer Hot Topic Inc has reported a 10.4% rise in third quarter profit helped by higher sales at its namesake stores, and reiterated its outlook for the fourth quarter.

The company, which sells music-influenced apparel through its Hot Topic stores and plus-size fashion aimed at young women through its Torrid format, said profit rose to $7.4m, or $0.17 per share.

This includes expenses of $0.01 per share for the company's new online music site ShockHound, and compares with a profit of $6.7m, or $0.15 per share, a year earlier.

For the three months to 1 November, total sales rose 4.7% to $197.3m from $188.5m.

Hot Topic sales rose 2.9% to $159.7m and Torrid sales climbed 13.2% to $37.6m.

Total company same-store sales increased 1.0%, with sales up 1.7% at Hot Topic but down 3% at Torrid.

The retailer, which operates 683 Hot Topic stores and 158 Torrid stores, reiterated its fourth quarter earnings guidance of $0.25 to $0.28 per share based upon a same-store sales decline of low-single digits.