Cherokee Inc, which licenses and represents a range of brands, said that growth of its Cherokee apparel range and its Carole Little brands boosted first-quarter revenue and earnings.

Net revenues for the three months ended 30 April 2005 rose 8.0 per cent to $13.2 million, compared to revenues of $12.2m in the same period last year. First-quarter net earnings rose 9.9 per cent to $6.1m compared to $5.5m a year ago.

Robert Margolis, chairman and chief executive officer, said: "Our first quarter growth in revenues and net income represents our 18th consecutive quarter of revenue and net income growth as compared to the comparable quarter in the prior year."

Royalty revenues in the US increased 3.2 per cent, primarily due to good performance of the Cherokee brand and the growth of the Carole Little brands, with the Carole Little brands at TJX recording their biggest quarter to date.

Internationally, royalty revenues grew 24.8 per cent due to continued growth in the UK and Ireland, while Canada also did well in the quarter.

Cherokee Inc is a marketer, licensor and manager of a variety of brands it owns, such as Cherokee, Sideout, and Carole Little.

Premier clients for the Cherokee brand around the world include Target Stores, Tesco, Zellers, Carrefour, and Grupo Aviara.