Apparel group Perry Ellis International Inc has reported record total revenue of $197 million for the first quarter, up 82 per cent from $108m in the same period a year ago.

The Miami-based company, which owns the Cubavera and Penguin Sport brands, also posted a 46 per cent year-on-year jump in net income to $8.2m for the quarter.

According to CEO George Feldenkreis, the company's men's apparel business was a major driver of the first quarter results.

"The dramatic shift in the men's retail climate that began last quarter has continued to boost sales through the first quarter of this year," he said.

"We are benefiting not only from an improving economy, but also from our focus on newness and innovation."

Perry Ellis acquired the Salant Corporation in June 2003, which contributed about $65m to first quarter revenue.