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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 April, 2004, 07:15 GMT 08:15 UK
New ranges drive Burberry sales
Burberry handbag
Upmarket fashion house Burberry has reported a 13% rise in reported sales for the six months to the end of March.

The firm said underlying sales growth, which strips out the impact of currency movements, grew by 15%.

Burberry is best known for its trademark beige check, but new ranges have introduced more colourful designs.

Chief executive Rose Marie Bravo said the "outstanding response" to the new womenswear designs "was a key catalyst across the business".

The firm said the healthy sales growth would enable it to hit its financial targets for the year.

Burberry is majority-owned by retail group GUS, which partially floated the fashion house in July 2002.

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