Youth clothing maker Volcom Inc has reported "stronger than anticpated" first quarter earnings, thanks to strong sales across its business. 

Net income for the three months to 31 March jumped 78.6% to $7.5m or $0.31 per share, compared with $4.2m or $0.17 per share last year.

Revenues at the The Costa Mesa, California based firm rose 13.3% to $77.4m, compared with $68.3m a year earlier.

US segment sales, which include the US, Canada and Japan as well as the company's branded retail stores, were up 13.7% to $48.2m.

The Europe segment saw sales rise 8.8% to $23.6m, and revenues from the Electric brand were up 33.3% to $5.6m.

"Our results for the quarter were stronger than we had anticipated, representing a solid start to the year and continued strength for both the Volcom and Electric brands," said chairman and CEO Richard Woolcott.