Fourth quarter net income increased 8 percent to $39.5 million, or $1.15 per diluted share, compared with net income of $36.7 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, for the same period in 2011.

Fourth quarter U.S. net sales declined $19.1 million, or 7 percent. Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) region net sales declined $15.1 million, or 20 percent, including a 3 percentage point negative effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Those declines were partially offset by a $7.7 million, or 6 percent, increase in Latin America/Asia Pacific (LAAP) region net sales, with a neutral effect of changes in currency exchange rates. Net sales in Canada increased $1.5 million, or 5 percent, primarily attributable to the positive impact of changes in currency exchange rates. (See “Geographical Net Sales” table below.)

Apparel, Accessories & Equipment net sales decreased $7.7 million, or 2 percent, to $392.3 million, and Footwear net sales declined $17.3 million, or 14 percent, to $108.8 million. (See “Categorical Net Sales” table below.)

Columbia brand net sales declined $16.0 million, or 4 percent, to $400.5 million, primarily due to lower sales of cold weather products. Sorel brand net sales declined $7.8 million, or 12 percent, to $56.5 million, also primarily due to lower sales of cold weather footwear. Mountain Hardwear and Montrail net sales each declined less than $1.0 million. (See “Brand Net Sales” table below.)

Fiscal Year 2012 Results

(All comparisons are between fiscal 2012 and fiscal 2011, unless otherwise noted.)

Consolidated 2012 net sales totaled $1.67 billion, a decrease of $24.4 million, or 1 percent, compared with 2011 net sales of $1.69 billion, including a 1 percentage point negative effect from changes in currency exchange rates.

2012 net income totaled $99.9 million, or $2.93 per diluted share, a decrease of $3.6 million, or 3 percent, compared with 2011 net income of $103.5 million, or $3.03 per diluted share.

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