Despite challenging retail conditions over the past few months, Delta Apparel Inc recorded sales of $28.0m for the third fiscal quarter ended 31 March 2001. This is up $0.7m or 2.5 per cent from the third fiscal quarter of last year . The vertically integrated supplier of knit apparel saw operating earnings at $3.0m, up $0.1m, or 4.2 per cent from the third fiscal quarter of last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $2.2m, up $1.4m from the third fiscal quarter of last year. Net earnings were 7.8 per cent of sales, compared with 2.7 per cent of sales in the prior year quarter.