Clothing chain operator Casual Male Retail Group Inc on Thursday revealed it widened its first quarter net loss.

The company said its loss after giving effect to normalised tax rate was five cents a diluted share versus 12 cents a share in the year-ago period.

Total sales rose to $99.7 million from $32.3m last year as its results now include the effect, since May 14, 2002, of its acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Casual Male Corp and certain of its subsidiaries.

The Casual Male multi-channel business, which includes its stores, catalogue and e-commerce operations, contributed $72.8m, or 73 per cent, of its total sales, while the former Design's outlet businesses 27 per cent.

Same-store sales for the Casual Male business fell five per cent while total sales decreased 7.1 per cent on a pro-forma basis.

The company said it is pressing ahead with plans to axe its Levi's/Dockers business as they helped contribute to a first quarter operating loss at its other branded apparel sector of $2.2m compared to $2.1m in 2002.