Textile company PT Great River International has reported a 13 per cent increase in first quarter sales and announced plans to boost sales in the domestic market this year.

For the three months from January to March 2003, sales were Rp121 billion, a 13 per cent rise on the same period last year.

According to PT GRI president Sanjoto Tanudjaja, domestic sales grew by 36 per cent in the first quarter of this year, compared to 25 per cent in the first three months of last year. For fiscal 2003 the company is targeting a domestic sales growth of 58 per cent.

This shift in focus follows falling exports in 2002, mainly to the United States, the company's main export market.

Publicly-listed PT Great River International has set a sales target of Rp660 billion this year, up from total sales of Rp440 billion last year.