Leading manufacturer of women#;s and children#;s casual footwear, Maxwell Shoe Company Inc, on Tuesday posted an 8.7 per cent climb in first quarter net sales to $38.7 million compared to the year-ago period.

Operating income rose 27.7 per cent to $2.9m while net income for the quarter jumped 11 per cent to $2m, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.8m, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the same period last year.