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JD Sports beats recession gloom

A JD Sports shop front
JD Sports says sales are continuing to rise

High Street retailer JD Sports has announced increased profits for the first half of the year as sales rose during the recession.

Profits came in at £10.1m, a rise of 11% on the £9.1m it recorded for the same period last year. Revenue rose 8.4% from a year ago to £324m.

The Bury-based firm also said it will be looking at further opportunities to expand by buying other businesses.

Last month, JD bought the European arm of the rugby shirt firm Canterbury.

In May, it acquired the French footwear company Chausport.

The group said the strong half-year performance had enabled it to continue with its comprehensive store refurbishment programme and to open five new sports stores and five new fashion stores.

Its sports shops are JD, Size? and Chausport. Its High Street fashion names are Bank and Scotts.

It added that like-for-like sales - which don't include sales from new stores - were continuing to rise in August and September.

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