A.T. Cross continued to grow in the first quarter of 2013, with sales up by 5.9 percent to $44.4 million compared with the first quarter of 2012. This was driven by a 9.1 percent increase to $23.8 million for its Cross Optical Group (COG), which runs the Costa and Native eyewear brands. The Cross Accessory Division (CAD), which comprises the company's signature pens and related products, recorded revenues of $20.6 million, down by 6.2 percent from last year's first quarter. On Feb. 4, 2013, the company announced its decision to explore strategic alternatives for CAD. A.T. Cross' net income for the first quarter rose to $1.6 million from $1.5 million last year. The gross margin was 56.1 percent, versus 56.2 percent in 2012. Operating expenses declined to 50.2 percent of sales from 50.5 percent for the same period a year ago. The company confirmed its earlier profit outlook, which will be reviewed again in July, once the peak sunglass season concludes.