Inditex returns to profitability as online sales soar

Zara parent Inditex reported strong sales during its first half of the year

Inditex has posted a profit in its second quarter, as it begins to recover from the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Spanish fashion group, which owns brands such as Zara, Pull&Bear and Bershka, recorded a €214m (£197m) profit in the second quarter from May 1 to July 31, which was a marked improvement from the €409m (£376m) loss it suffered in the first quarter.

For the first half, Inditex swung to a loss of €195m (£179m) due to its expenditure on an “advanced store digitalisation programme”.

Sales for the second quarter were down 31% year-on-year, compared with a 44% decline in the first quarter, as more stores began to reopen throughout the period.

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