Phoenix Footwear Group posted a 3.3 percent sales drop to $5.9 million for the first quarter ended April 3. The loss from continuing operations improved to $683,000 compared with $2.7 million in 2009, and net income was $440,000, over a loss of $3.0 million last year. The gross profit margin grew by 1.0 percentage point to 35.0 percent compared with 2009, and 4.0 percentage points above the previous quarter. The Trotters brand had a 20 percent increase in sales, and SoftWalk rose by 4 percent. The Trask brand had a plunge of 75 percent, though the company noted that it had ?very modest? plans for that brand this year, and so a drop ?was not unplanned.? Based on orders, the company foresees continuing growth in the two core brands.