Luxury goods group LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton announced that consolidated sales in the first quarter of 2001 reached 2,745m Euros, an increase of approximately 12 per cent compared to the first quarter of 2000. Sales within the Fashion & Leather Group were very strong, coming in a t 18 per cent, despite the impact of production capacity constraints at Louis Vuitton Malletier.