By  on September 19, 2011

MILAN — Prada SpA plans to open 80 stores a year over the next three years as investments in its own retail network drive the company’s growth.

Spurred by a 33.4 percent increase in its retail channel in the six months ended July 31, the Italian fashion house posted a 74.2 percent jump in net profits to 179.5 million euros, or $256.7 million, compared with 103 million euros, or $131.8 million, in the same period last year. Retail sales accounted for 74.8 percent of revenues, which rose 21.1 percent to 1.13 billion euros, or $1.62 billion in the period. Prada said the company invested 134.7 million euros, or $192.6 million, mainly aimed at the expansion of its retail network.

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