Sports shoe producer Saucony Inc on Thursday posted a big jump in third quarter net profit to $1.6 million from $362,000 in the year-ago period on the back of higher sales.

The Massachusetts-based company, whose brands include Saucony, Hind and Spot-bilt, said in a news release sales climbed seven per cent to $33.7m from $31.5m last year, with domestic and international sales both up seven per cent.

It added it sees fourth quarter earnings of 2-4 cents per share and full-year earnings of 74-76 cents per share. Fourth quarter sales are seen in the range of $25m-$26m and full-year sales of $130m-$131m.

Delighted president and CEO John Fisher said: "We have exceeded both top and bottom line expectations for the third consecutive quarter, despite a challenging retail environment.

"Our success year-to-date has been a function of dedicating ourselves to the core business, focusing our efforts on design and product innovation and committing ourselves to the highest level of execution across the board.

"We believe the Saucony brand remains very strong and we continue to focus on capitalizing on the many opportunities that we have created."