Footwear group Genesco Inc says it is positive about its first-quarter earnings result after sales in the period were reported to have shot up 27 per cent.

First-quarter sales totalled $286 million compared to $226m in the same period last year.

The Journey and Hat World units both saw same-store sales rise 7 per cent, Underground Station Group's same-store sales increased 9 per cent, and Johnston & Murphy reported a same store-sales gain of 3 per cent.

The company is keeping to its first-quarter earnings-per-share guidance guidance of $0.25-$0.26 for the first quarter compared to $0.24 a year ago.

Genesco Inc is a specialty retailer that sells footwear, headwear and accessories in more than 1,600 retail stores in the US and Canada, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Johnston & Murphy, Underground Station, Hatworld, Lids, Hat Zone, Cap Factory, Head Quarters and Cap Connection, as well as online.