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Sales rocket at Debenhams' Irish operation

Debenhams has filed accounts showing its Republic of Ireland business is booming, even before the acquisition of nine Roches stores in September last year. The figures for the year to September 2 2006 showed sales rose 41% to EUR30.2 million (£20.6m). Operating profit was up 114% to EUR6.5m (£4.4m). The department store chain said the EUR29m (£19.8m) Roches acquisition had added 595,000 sq ft of space and boosted sales by £84.6m.