Large-size women's fashion apparel retailer United Retail Group Inc reported a profitable first quarter, driven by good consumer acceptance across a wide range of lines.

First-quarter net income totalled $1.0 million compared to a net loss of $3.4m last year.

Net sales increased 9 per cent to $106.5m from $97.5m a year ago, while same-store sales grew 11 per cent.

Raphael Benaroya, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer, said: "The company's strategic repositioning is working. We will concentrate on detailed execution of the plan that is in place; execution is the key to sustaining the positive momentum."

United Retail Group Inc is a specialty retailer of large-size women's fashion apparel, footwear and accessories featuring Avenue brand merchandise.