Zara reports profits


zaraSpanish textile giant, Inditex, owner of global fashion brand Zara, has reported a slight rise in profits in the first half of 2013 and a solid start to sales in the second half.

Zara says net profit edged up one per cent from the same period a year earlier to 951 million euros ($A1.37 billion) in the six months to July 31, 2013.

Sales rose six per cent over the same period to 7.7 billion euros, the group said.

But operating expenses also climbed by six per cent, reaching 2.9 billion euros, as Inditex expanded its retail spaces including with new store openings.

Inditex operated a total of 6104 stores as of July 31 including Zara, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, and Zara Home. That compared to 5693 stores a year earlier.

Giving an early insight into the performance for the second half of 2013, the group posted a 10 per cent rise in store sales on a local currency basis from Augus 1 to September 14, 2013.

Inditex’s worldwide performance has helped it perform well despite conditions in its home country Spain, which is struggling to emerge from a two-year recession and an unemployment rate that reached 26.26 per cent in the second quarter of 2013.

In the first half of this year, Spain accounted for 19.3 per cent of Inditex sales while other European countries contributed 44.6 per cent, the Americas 14.4 per cent, and Asia and the rest of the world 21.7 per cent.



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