Apparel group Genesco Inc has posted net sales of $226 million for the first quarter, up from $193m in the same period a year earlier.

The Tennessee-based company, which sells its products through more than 1500 retail outlets throughout the United States, also reported a six per cent increase in same-store sales for the quarter.

"Our strong performance during the quarter was primarily driven by better-than-expected results at Journeys and Hat World," CEO Hal Pennington said.

"Johnston & Murphy also outperformed our plan and we continue to be encouraged about the ongoing improvement at Dockers.

"We are pleased with current trends and the positive momentum these results reflect."

Genesco's highest same-store sales gain was at the recently acquired Hat World chain, where sales at stores open at least a year rose 23 per cent.