Shoe and apparel firm Genesco Inc on Wednesday posted flat first quarter earnings of $8.2 million but said net sales jumped 11 per cent to $190.6m compared with the year-ago period and same-stores climbed two per cent. The Tennessee-based company, which sells its products in more than 900 stores, said in a statement that "very strong results in the Jarman Group more than offset slower than planned comparable sales growth at Journeys, while Johnston & Murphy and Dockers Footwear performed up to our expectations, giving us a solid quarter overall".