Sportswear giant Nike has recorded a 9% increase in second quarter profit to US$391m, boosted by strong performances in Asia Pacific and the Americas.

Revenues at the US company rose 6% to $4.6bn, despite a 1% fall in US sales to $1.51bn. European revenues increased 6% to $1.3bn, while sales in Asia Pacific and the Americas were up 22% and 21% respectively.

"Our second quarter results demonstrate the power of the Nike brand and the diversity of the Nike Inc portfolio," said Mark Parker, Nike president and CEO.

"In challenging times like these it's especially important to stay focused on what we do best - delivering the most innovative and relevant product, strengthening our relationship with consumers and driving excellence into every area of our business.

"I see the current state of our industry and the world as an incredible opportunity for Nike to be a better and stronger leader, and we're going to seize that opportunity."

The company said worldwide futures orders for athletic footwear and apparel, scheduled for delivery from December 2008 to April 2009, totalled $6.7bn, down 1% on last year.

However, excluding currency effects, orders were up 6%.

Breaking down this figure, orders in the US were up 6%, but EMEA was down 13%. Asia Pacific was up 11%, and the Americas 6%.

Nike's other business revenue, including divisions such as Cole Haan, Converse and Nike Golf, was down 4% to $564.5m in the second quarter.