The first indications from public companies in the U.S. is that they had a great end of the year. Genesco says its sales grew by 9 percent on a same-store basis in the quarter ended on Jan. 8. LaCrosse Footwear expects to reports a sales increase of about 23 percent for the fourth quarter of 2010. Excellent figures are also being reported by Nordstrom and other important players in the market.