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Urban Outfitters sales up 12%

Urban Outfitters saw record net sales of $759m (£484m) for the three months to July 31, up 12% from the same period last year.

Retail sales totalled $715m (£456m) for the period, with $44m (£28m) coming from the wholesale arm of the group.

The multi-fascia retailer recorded profits of $76m (£48m) for the second quarter, bringing total profits for the six months to July 31 to $123m (£78m).

The company’s gross profit rate improved by 169 basis points versus the prior year’s comparable period. The improvement was driven by a reduction in merchandise markdowns at the Anthropologie brand.

Urban Outfitters was the strongest performing brand within the group with net sales of $337m (£215m) Anthropologie recorded sales of $316m (£201m) and Free people had sales of $97m (£62m)  for the second quarter.

Group chief executive Richard Hayne said the results had been driven by “a favourable customer response, improved merchandise margins, the opening of additional stores and better creative and marketing initiatives.”

The young fashion retailer is also planning three more stores before the end of this year in Nottingham’s Victoria Centre, Amsterdam and Cologne, which will take it past the 40-store mark in the UK and Europe.

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