Sports goods company Reebok International Ltd has reported an increased second-quarter profit, encouraged by good international sales.

Second-quarter net income shot up 71 per cent to USD37 million compared to net income of USD22m in the same period last year. Net sales for the second quarter rose 8 per cent to USD876m from USD814 a year ago.

Worldwide sales of the Reebok Brand grew 9 per cent to USD740m compared to USD681m last year, while US sales of the brand rose 6 per cent.

Paul Fireman, the company's chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Our second quarter results were in line with our overall financial targets.

"On the product front, we generated strong sales increases on Reebok Performance footwear products on a worldwide basis. We are clearly seeing a shift to more technical performance products, particularly in the US market.

"During the quarter, Reebok sales of Performance footwear products increased by 24 per cent on a worldwide basis."

Fireman added that the company would be launching a new line of Rbk fashion Classic specifically for women during 2006.