Eyewear, apparel and footwear giant Oakley Inc on Wednesday posted a 16.8 per cent jump in first quarter net sales to $109.6 million compared to the year-ago period.

The California-based company said total US net sales climbed 24.1 per cent to $58.2m and international net sales rose 9.4 per cent to $51.4m.

It added net income for the period was $5.6m, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $9.1m, or $0.13 per diluted share, in last year's comparable period.

Oakley also increased its 2002 earnings guidance to $0.81 per diluted share from prior guidance of $0.77-$0.80 and said it sees sales growth of 25 per cent this year.

"Oakley performed strongly in the first quarter as key markets around the world continued their steady recovery from shocks experienced in the second half of 2001," said Oakley chairman and chief executive officer Jim Jannard.

"Consumer demand for Oakley products remains strong and our combination of innovative products and selective distribution is well-tuned to meet that demand."