R.G. Barry has reported a 24.9 percent jump in its turnover to $25.1 million for the third quarter ended March 31. The gross margin rose by 5.2 percentage points to 44.6 percent in the period, leading the American company to record a net profit of $834,000, compared with break-even results in the same period a year ago. The sales increase was partly due to the acquisition early last year of two brands of accessories, Foot Petals and Baggallini. The company also experienced growth in its low-margin footwear segment within the department store and mass market channels. For the first nine months of its financial year, its footwear revenues were up by 3.4 percent to $107.2 million. The company's total consolidated sales for the nine months increased by 23.5 percent to $130.9 million, generating a 68.1 percent increase in net profit to $14.1 million.