Fashion retailer The Buckle Inc has rebelled against the falling profits besetting many of its rivals by posting a 43.5% hike in first quarter profit as teens flocked to its stores.

Net income soared to $26.9m, or $0.59 per share, the Kearney, Nebraska based company said Thursday (21 May), up from $18.7m, or $0.42 per share, a year earlier.

Sales for the three months to 2 May jumped 24.6% to $199.7m from $160.3m last time, and comparable store sales rose 17.7%. Online sales increased 75.7% to $11.7m.

Buckle operates 393 retail stores offering a unique mix of on-trend apparel, accessories, and footwear.