Zara owner Inditex has posted growing profits and net sales in the first nine months of its financial year.
EBITDA grew by 6% year on year to €3.82bn (£3.37bn) in the nine months to 31 October, while net profit climbed by a similar percentage to €2.34bn (£2.06bn). Gross profit increased by 9% to €10.32bn (£9.09bn).
Net sales jumped by 10% to €17.96bn (£15.82bn). Store count for its portfolio of fascias, which includes Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear and Stradivarius as well as Zara, reached 7,504 across 94 markets. Its brands opened its first stores in Belarus during its third quarter.
The company said it has been rolling out next-day delivery in six markets in the UK, Spain, France, Poland, China and South Korea, as well as same-day delivery in six cities.
It is also installing automated in-store pick-up points for online orders.
Chairman and CEO Pablo Isla highlighted the “increasingly integrated management of the platform, which is translating into value-added customer services”.