Liz Claiborne Inc today posted its 25th consecutive quarter of sales growth. Diluted earnings per share were $0.48 for the first quarter 2002, an increase of 9.1 per cent compared to diluted EPS of $0.44 for the first quarter 2001. Net sales for the first quarter 2002 were $892.9 million, up 8.0 per cent over the comparable 2001 period.