HELSINKI (AP) - Sports equipment maker Amer Sports Corp., whose brands include Atomic, Salomon and Wilson, has seen a near sevenfold increase in fourth-quarter profit and a surge in sales mainly due to increased demand for winter sports and fitness equipment.

HELSINKI (AP) Sports equipment maker Amer Sports Corp., whose brands include Atomic, Salomon and Wilson, has seen a near sevenfold increase in fourth-quarter profit and a surge in sales mainly due to increased demand for winter sports and fitness equipment.

The Helsinki-based company says that net profit in the period was 38.7 million euros ($53 million), up from 5.4 million euros a year earlier. Revenue increased to 657 million euros from 619 million euros.

Despite the "broad-based growth" in most business areas and its main markets, Amer cautioned that 2014 would be "challenging" although it expects to meet its minimum long-term annual 5 percent growth target during the year.

The company's share price was up more than 5.5 percent at 14.57 euros in Helsinki.