Canadian department store retailer Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) has delivered what it says are solid first-quarter sales thanks to the ongoing strength of its namesake brand in Canada, and positive revenue growth in Europe.

For the three months to the end of April, consolidated comparable sales were up 4.4%. On a constant currency basis, however, sales dropped 1%. 

Comparable sales grew 2.3% in the Department Store Group, while HBC off-price and Saks Fifth Avenue sales both fell, by 4.1% and 5.7%, respectively. 

HBC Europe, meanwhile, which includes the Galeria, Kaufhof, and Sportarena banners, saw comparable sales edge up 0.7%. Total digital sales were up 7.4% on a constant currency comparable basis.

"During the first quarter we continued to execute on our all-channel strategy: combining exciting retail destinations with a best in class e-commerce platform," said CEO Jerry Storch. "In a challenging retail market, HBC's results reflect our diversification across both geography and retail concepts. 

"We are encouraged by the results of our digital businesses where sales growth remained strong. As we look to the back half of the year, we expect the execution of our all-channel strategy to drive comparable sales growth."