MILAN — Double-digit sales increases in jeans, watches, cosmetics and perfumes allowed Giorgio Armani to post a 9.7 percent increase in pretax profits last year despite less robust growth in other parts of its apparel business.

Armani’s pretax profit for the year ended Dec. 31 rose to $214.5 million from $196.2 million. Sales advanced 2.3 percent to $1.4 billion from $1.37 billion, in line with preliminary figures released earlier this year, but slower than the 5 percent growth in the first half of 2002. Dollar figures are converted from the euro at current exchange rates.

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