Women's apparel maker Cygne Designs has posted a first quarter net loss of $94,000, compared with a net income of $161,000 in the same period a year earlier.

In addition, the company reported lower net sales of $5.58 million for the three-month period, down from $6.06m in the prior first quarter.

However, the percentage of total sales generated by Cygne's Lerner New York brand grew to 91 per cent during the quarter, up from 86 per cent in the same period last year.