Leading clothing manufacturer and marketer Gildan Activewear Inc on Thursday announced a 2.6 per cent increase in sales to $88.3 million from $86.1m for the first quarter of fiscal 2001 compared to the same period last year.

The company, which makes apparel ranging from T-shirts and sweatshirts to golf shirts, said its net earnings for the quarter were $2.8m, or $0.10 per share on a fully diluted basis, compared with $7.7m, or $0.26 per share, last year.