• Q1 net sales increase 11% to $333.1
  • Net income up 38%
  • Full year 2011 net sales forecast to increase 14 to 16%

Outdoor footwear and apparel firm Columbia Sportswear Company has boosted its first quarter profit on the back of double-digit sales growth during the period.

As of March 31, Fall 2011 wholesale backlog was a record $860.8m, the company said, 19% higher than Fall 2010 wholesale backlog. This included a 2 percentage point positive effect from changes in foreign currency exchange rates.

Tim Boyle, Columbia’s president and chief executive officer, said: “Our strong first quarter results and record Fall 2011 wholesale backlog clearly indicate that the innovations, enhanced designs and compelling marketing communications behind each of our major brands are resonating with customers and consumers around the world.”