Specialty retailer of leather outerwear and apparel, Wilsons The Leather Experts Inc, on Wednesday posted a first quarter net loss of $14.7 million versus a net loss of $3.7m in the year-ago period.

The Minneapolis-based operator of over 900 stores said that increase was primarily due to the addition of Bentley's Luggage and pressure on sale and margins. It added net sales for the 13-weeks to May 4, 2002 climbed 1.5 per cent to $119.3m.