Kathmandu Holdings lifted third-quarter sales 9.3 per cent which the outdoor equipment chain said was due to new product lines and better promotions.

The Christchurch-based retailer increased group sales 9.3 per cent in the 13 weeks ended April 30, and said sales were up 12 per cent on a constant currency basis, without providing more detail.

Kathmandu's sales were bolstered by new product performance and improved promotional execution, it said in a presentation slides lodged with the NZX.

In March, the retailer beat first-half guidance, reporting profit of $10 million on a 0.2 per cent increase in sales to $196 million. The company has bounced back from an earnings slump in 2016 when an inventory build-up forced it into aggressive discounting at low margins to clear stock.

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Kathmandu today said the upcoming winter sale in June and July is "key to the full-year result".

The shares rose 4 per cent to $2.10, having gained 3.6 percent so far this year.