Urban Outfitters Inc. /zigman2/quotes/208403734/composite URBN -0.94% said Monday that comparable retail sales have risen in the high-single digits for the first quarter so far compared to 2020. In North America the increase was led by double-digit comparable sales gains at Free People and the namesake brand. Sales at Anthropologie have improved, though remain slightly negative. COVID-19 restrictions have kept most European stores closed for the first quarter, however U.K. locations are expected to reopen on Monday. The FactSet consensus is for first-quarter sales of $870.8 million, suggesting 48% year-over-year growth. The company also announced that Tricia Smith has joined as global chief executive of the Anthropologie brand. Smith spent 26 years with Nordstrom Inc. /zigman2/quotes/203902116/composite JWN -0.07% and was most recently CEO of clothing and accessories retailer Tilly's. Anthropologie's previous global CEO, Hillary Super, stepped down on Friday, April 9. Urban Outfitters stock slipped 1.7% in Monday premarket trading, but has rallied 53% for the year to date. The S&P 500 index /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX -0.78% is up nearly 10% for 2021 so far.