Work and outdoor footwear company LaCrosse Footwear Inc has reported second-quarter sales and earnings increases, following the successful introduction of new products and continued penetration into targeted markets.

Second-quarter consolidated net sales grew 6 per cent to USD19.8 million from USD18.6m in the same quarter of 2004, while consolidated net income was USD0.4m compared to a net loss of USD0.2m a year ago.

Sales to the outdoor market grew totalled USD8.9m in the second quarter compared to USD6.5m in 2004, with sales to the work market dropped to USD10.8m from USD12.1m a year ago.

"We are pleased with our sales and earnings growth in our core work and outdoor business in the second quarter, which is typically our slowest quarter," said Joseph Schneider, chief executive officer of LaCrosse Footwear.

"We are very encouraged by our customers' response to our new products and have increased our inventories to prepare for the second half of 2005."

"At the same time, we continue to focus on future product development. We are already previewing the Spring line for 2006, which will include a much broader selection of more compelling, high-performance footwear, in both work and outdoor categories, as well as new boot platforms and extensions of our powerful brands into new product categories."

LaCrosse Footwear is a leading developer and marketer of branded, premium and innovative footwear for expert work and outdoor users under the Danner and LaCrosse brands.