Zara Home to go online in the UK.

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Another retailer reporting is Inditex - the Spanish owner of Zara - and described as the world's biggest fashion retailer.

It says good summer weather in Europe and favourable foreign exchange effects helped boost profits to €1.5bn (£1.4bn) in the first six months of its financial year to 31 July.

Total sales rose 7% to €12.82bn while like-for-like sales - which strips out new store openings - rose 5%

It says its autumn/winter initial collections "have been well received".

For UK shoppers, it says its ZaraHome collections will be available on the Zara website and will be rolled out across new markets progressively over the coming year.

Zara-owner profits up

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Inditex - owner of Zara and Massimo Dutti - has reported a 10% rise in first quarter profits.

The world's biggest clothing retailer said sales in the first quarter hit a record of €5.9bn (£5.25bn) while profits rose 10% to €734m.

Chairman and chief executive Pablo Isla said the figures demonstrated "the solidity of the company's model, whose profitability and cash flow generation continues to grow owing to the group’s commitment to customer-driven quality fashion".

Online boosts Zara-owner Inditex

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Zara-owner Inditex has continued to be boosted by strong online sales growth.

Inditex, which also owns brands including Pull & Bear, Bershka and Massimo Dutti, said revenue from online sales rose 27% last year to €3.2bn.

Overall group sales - including stores - rose 3%, hitting an all-time high of €26.14bn.

Net profit was up 2% to €3.44bn.

No discounting, says Zara owner

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Inditex, the world's largest clothing retailer, says it has not been discounting prices like its rivals.

The owner of Zara, Massimo Dutti and Bershkowner reported net profit of 2.4 billion euros (£2.1bn) for the first nine months of its financial year, up 4% on the year, and maintained guidance for the second half of the year.

Its profit margin grew in the third quarter while like-for-like sales in the second half of 2018 to the end of November were up 3%.

Inditex still in fashion

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Inditex, the world's biggest clothing retailer and owner of brands including Zara and Massimo Dutti, says sales in the first quarter rose 2% to €5.7bn (£5bn), while profits before tax and other charges were €1.13bn - both broadly in line with analysts' expectations.

That came despite a stronger euro in the period, which has a negative effect on Inditex's profitability as the Spanish company makes more than half of its sales in non-euro currencies.

The group also reported strong sales for the first six weeks of the second quarter, up 9 percent in local currencies, as shoppers snapped up items from summer collections like striped maxi skirts and linen dresses at Zara.