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Tandy Leather 1Q net income rises slightly

FORTH WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Tandy Leather Factory Inc. said Monday its first-quarter net income edged up less than 1 percent, as higher advertising and marketing expenses largely offset a jump in sales.

The Fort Worth, Texas-based leather company earned $1.6 million, or 16 cents per share, up from $1.6 million, or 15 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012.

Revenue rose 6 percent to $19.2 million from $18.2 million.

Sales at the company's retail division, which includes its chain of 78 Tandy Leather stores, rose 12 percent to $11.6 million, while sales at its wholesale division fell 6 percent to $6.7 million.

Operating expenses increased 6 percent to $9.3 million, largely as a result of higher advertising and marketing expenses, the company said.