Women's apparel retailer Reitmans Ltd has seen its first quarter net income more than triple to C$13 million, up from $4.1m in the same period a year earlier.

The company, which operates 854 stores, also posted a nine per cent increase in quarterly sales to C$193.4m, up from C$177.8m in the previous first quarter.

Same-store sales, meanwhile, grew by four per cent during the three-month period.