United Retail Group Inc, the specialty retailer of large-size women's fashion apparel, footwear and accessories, reports that it is pleased with the progress being made in advancing its growth strategy and in particular with the core retail business results. For the quarter ended 5 May 2001, the company had net income of $3.1 million, or $0.23 per share diluted, compared with $2.9 million, or $0.21 per share diluted, for the first fiscal quarter of 2000, an 8 per cent increase.