Women's wear designer Bernard Chaus reported increased net profit for the first quarter as revenues grew by about 4.7%.

Quarterly profit was US$1.2m compared to $96,000 in the same quarter last year. Revenues totalled $39.5m compared to $37.7m previously.

Chairwoman and CEO Josephine Chaus said: "We are pleased that fiscal 2007 has gotten off to a positive start.

"We look forward to building on the initial results of our women's Kenneth Cole Reaction line, launched during spring 2006, in addition to pursuing opportunities across our Chaus, Cynthia Steffe and private label businesses."

Bernard Chaus designs, sources and markets an extensive range of women's career and casual sportswear, principally under the Josephine Chaus, Chaus, Cynthia Steffe and Cynthia Cynthia Steffe trademarks, as well as private label.