Leading outerwear and footwear manufacturer Columbia Sportswear Co on Thursday reported a 15 per cent year-on-year jump in third quarter net profit on the back of strong sales.

The Oregon-based company enjoyed a net profit of $56.9 million, or $1.42 per share, compared with $49.6m, or $1.24 cents per share, in the year-ago period. Sales rose 8.5 per cent to $331.5m.

Domestic sales grew 4.5 per cent year-on-year to $234.2m, with Canadian sales up 15.9 per cent to $41.5m, European sales up 25.1 per cent to $32.9m and other international sales up 18 per cent to $22.9m.

Columbia said outerwear sales increased 10.2 per cent to $214m, with sportswear sales up 7.7 per cent to $62.9m, although footwear sales for the period were flat at $37.9m.

It added it sees a slight dip in fourth quarter revenue but a slight rise in net profit, while for the full-year it expects revenue to jump four per cent and net profit of 8-11 per cent. Its spring order backlog on September 30 was up 15.2 per cent to $230.8mn from $200.3m last year.

Columbia president and CEO Tim Boyle, commented: "We are thrilled with the company's performance during the third quarter, particularly in light of the difficult retail environment that persists in several of our key markets.

"More importantly however, is the resurgence of our spring business globally as evidenced by the strong order book we have reported today. As we discussed last year at this time, we have taken several steps to improve our spring business.

"Specifically, through a combination of management restructuring, innovative product development, and sharper merchandising strategies, we have been successful at this point in driving order growth in our key spring businesses of sportswear and footwear globally."