Spanish retail group Inditex has reported a 28% rise in nine-month profits, helped by improved control over costs.
The Zara chain has grown quickly in recent years
The group - which owns the Zara fashion store chain - recorded a net profit for the nine months to 31 October of 520.5m euros ($621m; £351m).
This was ahead of the average market expectation of 497m euros.
Revenues for the period rose 20% - again on a yearly basis - to reach 4.65bn euros, in line with forecasts.
The company's costs have risen in recent years alongside its fast-paced global expansion, but chief executive Pablo Isla vowed back in September that he would address the issue.
The firm said its fourth quarter, which includes the key Christmas trading period, had started in line with market expectations.