Industrial and medical protective apparel maker Lakeland Industries Inc has posted third quarter net income of $870,000, a 75 per cent increase over the same period last year.

The New York State-based company also reported net sales of $21.33 million for the period, up 15.1 per cent on third quarter 2002.

The first nine months of the year proved similarly profitable, with a net sales increase of 17.7 per cent year-on-year to $68.45m, and a net income increase of 40 per cent year-on-year to $2.72m.