The California-based soft drinks producer Hansen Natural Corporation has reported record sales and profits for the third quarter to the end of September 2005.

The company posted gross sales for the third quarter of US$126.4m, up by 88.3% from US$67.1m in the corresponding period a year earlier. Net sales for the third quarter doubled from US$52.6m to US$105.4m.

Operating income surged from US$9.9m to US$33.6m, an increase of some 238.3%, while net income rose by 249.1% to US$20.2m.

"Our continued exceptional performance reflects the company's growing position in the energy drink market," said Hansen's chairman and CEO, Rodney C. Sacks. Sacks added that demand was continuing to increase for the company's Monster Energy drinks, which include the Lo-Carb Monster Energy, Monster Energy 'Assault' and Monster Energy Khaos brands. All of these products, Sacks said, had contributed significantly to the increase in sales.

However, the sales increase was partially offset by lower sales of smoothies in cans, natural sodas and Hansen's energy and functional drinks, the company said.