Footwear producer Rocky Shoes & Boots Inc has enjoyed a 34.1 per cent rise in fourth quarter net income to $2.1 million, up from $1.6m in the same period a year earlier.

The Ohio-based company also posted a net sales increase of 14.2 per cent for the quarter to $29.2m, compared to $25.6m in the same period of fiscal 2002.

Gross profit, meanwhile, rose to $9.5m from $7.3m in the previous fourth quarter.