By  on December 14, 2005

PARIS — Inditex, the Spanish retailer that runs the Zara fashion chain, on Tuesday reported better-than-expected gains in third-quarter net income, highlighting the resilience of its fast-fashion model in a tepid retail environment in Europe.

Net income in the three months through October rose 26 percent to 274 million euros, or $329.8 million, Inditex said. Sales increased 20 percent to 1.83 billion euros, or $2.2 billion, driven by aggressive shop openings in Europe. Through the nine months, sales increased 20 percent to 4.65 million euros, or $5.6 billion. Dollar figures are at the average exchange rate.

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