Maxwell Shoe Company Inc, (Nasdaq: MAXS ), today reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 31, 2000. For the fourth quarter, net sales were $46.3m compared to $39.1m for the comparable period in the prior year, representing an increase of 18.4 per cent. Gross margin for the fourth quarter improved substantially to 24.7 per cent compared to 21.0 per cent in the prior year period. Net income for the fourth quarter increased 160.6 per cent to $3.1m, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.2m, for the fourth quarter increase of 153.8 per cent or $0.13 per diluted share, during the same period last year.