Leading specialty retailer of leather outerwear, apparel and accessories, Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc, on Wednesday reported a 13.1 per cent rise in full-year net sales to $720.1 million, compared to $636.9m in fiscal 2000.

The Minneapolis-based retail chain said net sales for the quarter ended February 2, 2002 fell 3.7 per cent to $367.4m compared to the year-ago quarter's result of $381.5m, due to lower holiday sales, a fall in travel-related retailing and unusually warm weather.