Easton Bell Sports, called Riddell Bell Holdings before the acquisition of Easton Sports, posted a sales increase of 81.1 percent to $186.5 million in the 3rd quarter, with $62.8 million of the turnover coming from Easton. Without this additional turnover, sales were up by 20.2 percent. The company’s gross margin grew by 30 basis points to 36.7 percent. Net income jumped by 136 percent to $5.7 million. For the team sports division, sales climbed by 154.1 percent to $106.8 million, with $56.7 million coming from the acquisition of Easton. Turnover was otherwise up by 19.3 percent for the division. Football helmets and apparel were strong drivers during the period. The division’s gross margin dropped by 420 basis points to 39.2 percent, mainly due to low margins at Easton Sports. Operating profit improved to $18.2 million, as compared to $8.1 million. The action sports division’s turnover rose by 30.8 percent to $79.6 million, with $6.2 million coming from the purchase of Easton. Excluding this, sales increased by 20.5 percent. Main drivers include helmets and accessories. The division’s gross margin grew by 170 basis points to 33.3 percent. Operating profit increased to $12.0 million, as compared to $7.4 million in the year-ago period.