Branded footwear company LaCrosse Footwear has reported net income and sales slumps for the third quarter of 2005, but said it is encouraged by the performance of its core work and outdoor business.

LaCrosse reported net income of $2.5 million for the third quarter of 2005, compared with income of $3.9m in the same period last year.

Third-quarter net sales totalled $31.0m compared with sales of $34.5m a year ago, on sales to the outdoor market of $18.9m compared with $18.7m last year and $12.1m worth of sales to the work market compared with $15.8m in 2004.

Chief executive officer Joseph Schneider said: "Despite challenging economic conditions, we are encouraged with our sales and earnings performance in our core work and outdoor business in the third quarter.

"We are very pleased by our customers' response to our new spring lines for 2006, which will include a broader selection of high-performance footwear in both work and outdoor categories, as well as extensions of our powerful brands into new product categories."

LaCrosse's Danner and LaCrosse brands are distributed domestically through a nationwide network of specialty retailers and distributors, and internationally through distributors in Asia and Europe.