A $4.2 million charge relating to the phase-out of its manufacturing and distribution operations in Texas and Mexico pushed footwear and slipper manufacturer RG Barry Corporation to a third-quarter loss.

The Pickerington, Ohio-based firm said net loss for the period was $1.1 million, or a loss of $0.11 per share, compared to a net profit in the third quarter of 2003 of $1.5 million, or $0.15 per share.

Net sales were $34.6 million for the three months ended 2 October, compared to sales of $40.0m in the year-before period.