Leading footwear marketer Wolverine World Wide Inc today posted a 2.7 per cent year-on-year rise in second quarter net profit to $9.1 million as consumers snapped up its Harley Davidson and Bates brands.

The Michigan-based company, whose other brands include Hush Puppies and Merrell, said net sales climbed 11.6 per cent to $169.3m from $151.7m in the year-ago period. It added it expects full-year sales of $820m to $830m and earnings in the range of $1.12 to $1.15 per share.

"I am pleased with our first half results," said Timothy O'Donovan, Wolverine president and CEO. "Merrell continues to rank among the industry's leading brands by posting quarterly sales gains that exceed our 20 per cent growth plan."

"We realised strong quarterly sales from Bates, Harley-Davidson footwear and our leather operations, all of which posted solid double-digit sales gains. Our Hush Puppies international operations also contributed to our record results with high single-digit sales increases."

He added: "These gains were offset in part by anticipated sales declines in the Hush Puppies and CAT footwear US operations, as well as the planned exit of the Coleman brand in the US market and the restructuring of our Hytest business."