Clothing manufacturer G-III Apparel Group has seen its net losses widen during the first quarter despite sales rising over the period.

Net losses reached US$847,000 for the quarter ended 30 April against a $520,000 loss in the same period of the prior year. Sales increased 16.5% to $229.4m.

"Our first quarter results met our expectations. We anticipate improved profitability for the full year as we expect input costs will moderate compared to prior year levels. Early booking trends for fall are good and give us confidence in our outlook for the full year," said chairman and CEO Morris Goldfarb.

"We believe we have a clear strategic advantage for us that our major growth initiatives, across a variety of categories, are underpinned by some of the best brands in the world.

"We are building significant businesses in a number of important categories. We are creating several platforms that are expected to show operating margin improvements as we increase in sales volume. In addition, we plan to layer on additional brands to these platforms."