Apparel maker Ever-Glory International said first-quarter revenues took a 272% leap thanks to sales growth in the EU, the US, Japan and Russia.

Revenues totalled US$5.23m compared to $1.41m a year ago. Sales within the US took a gigantic 720% jump.

Gross margin as a percentage of revenues decreased to about 17% for the three months ended 31 March from about 19% last year.  EBIT was $457,442 - an increase of $402,017 from $55,425.

"In the past year, we have made significant progress with both our performance and our quality," said president and CEO Edward Kang.

"With customers like Eddie Bauer, Abercrombie & Fitch and Wal-Mart, Ever-Glory is proving that it is a premier manufacturer in the garment industry."

Kang said the company would concentrate on internal growth and "further integrating past acquisitions" in the next few months.

Ever-Glory works with garment chains such as Itochu, Abercrombie & Fitch, Shinko, Debenhams, Next, OTTO, and C&A and brands such as Matalan, EB, Best-Seller, BB Dakota, Fat Face, and Just Jeans.