Workwear manufacturer Superior Uniform Group Inc has reported lower sales and earnings for the first quarter of 2005, due to the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System.

First-quarter sales totalled $31.86 million compared with $33.77m in the first quarter of 2004, while first-quarter earnings totalled $139.443 compared with earnings of $1.13m in the year-ago period.

Michael Benstock, chief executive officer of Superior Uniform Group Inc, said: "During the latter half of January and through the month of February, we experienced significant difficulty in shipping customer orders. As a result, sales for the first two months of the quarter were down approximately $2.8 million."

Superior Uniform Group, through its Fashion Seal, Fashion Seal Healthcare, Martin's, Worklon, Sope Creek and UniVogue brands, manufactures and sells a wide range of uniforms, corporate ID, career apparel and accessories.