Grocer Colruyt Group increased revenue by 7.1% to €3.32bn (£2.95bn) in the first six months of its 2009-10 financial year.

Operating profit climbed 7.8% to €229m (£204m), resulting in a stable EBIT margin.

Profit margins were affected by increased labour costs resulting from wage inflation.

The Colruyt fascia achieved revenue growth of 6.6%, lifted by Belgian consumers’ focus on price. In France, revenues jumped 14.7% at company owned stores.