Vermont Pure Holdings has posted a slight rise in sales and income for its first quarter.

The US water company said on Friday (17 March) that total sales for the three months to 31 January rose by 5% year-on-year to US$14.61m from US$13.96m. Gross profit, meanwhile increased by 2% to US$8.2m, helping net income rise to US$65,000 from US$7,000.

"The increase in net income for the period is a result of solid sales growth in what is traditionally our lowest performing quarter as a result of seasonal influences," said Peter Baker, Vermont Pure's CEO. "We continue to increase sales by leveraging our extensive distribution system in the north-eastern US."

In January, the company reported sales for the full fiscal year 2005 rising by 14% to US$59.8m. Excluding sales from acquisitions, the increase in sales came in at 7%. Net income for the period was US$871,000, an increase of 32%, from the previous year.

Vermont Pure Holdings is the largest independent and third-largest home and office distributor (HOD) of its kind in the US. The company bottles and distributes natural spring water and purified with minerals added bottled water under the Crystal Rock and the Vermont Pure trademarks.