Textile giant Delta Mills Inc on Tuesday reported a sharp fall in second quarter net sales to $44.1 million compared to net sales of $59.7m for the year ago period.

In a statement, the company said net sales for the quarter ended December 29, 2001, fell by more than $15m compared to 2000 but that the figure of $44.1m represented a 19 per cent increase over net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2002.

The firm, which employs around 1,800 people and operates six plants in North and South Carolina, added that for the six months ended December 29 it had net sales of $81.1m compared to net sales of $122.9m in the year prior.