UPS said first-quarter net income rose as the company controlled costs while businesses hit by the recession shipped fewer packages.

Net income climbed to $563 million from $556 million in the year-earlier quarter, the company said. Sales increased 1.9% to $7.58 billion from $7.44 billion.

UPS's worldwide shipments fell 1.3%, which the company attributed to the manufacturing slump caused by the recession. Total U.S. shipments slipped 1.5%, while international deliveries rose 0.3%.