Hirsch International Corp, which provides Tajima embroidery systems, returned to profitability in the first quarter of 2006 after expanding its sales force and technical support team.

First-quarter net sales from continuing operations rose 43.9 per cent to $13.5 million compared with $9.4m in the same quarter last year, while net income totalled $102,000 compared with a net loss of $1.1m in the same quarter last year.

Paul Gallagher, president and chief executive officer, said that the company was seeing "continued positive market response" to its introduction of its M-Series line of Tajima machines featuring MicroSmart Technology.

He added: "The first quarter net sales from continuing operations represent the highest quarterly result in four years."

Hirsch International is the leading single source provider of Tajima embroidery systems marketed under the name Tajima Sales & Support by Hirsch.