Zalando has posted surging half-year sales and launched a new premium membership scheme in its native Germany.

The fashion etailer said revenues in the first six months of 2017 jumped between 21% and 22% to just over €2bn (£1.77bn).

EBIT was expected to come in between €100m (£88.6m) and €106m (£93.9m), Zalando reported.

Zalando Zet

The pure play business revealed the figures as it launched premium services scheme Zalando Zet, which includes same-day delivery, pick-up of returns on demand, personal fashion advice and early access to Sales.

It will be piloted in four German cities – Berlin, Leipzig, Frankfurt and Hannover.

Customers will be able to try the service for three months, after which membership costs €19 (£16.84) a year.

Zalando lauded the move as “another example of the company’s continued customer focus”.

Free delivery and returns within 100 days was introduced in 2008.

Zalando joint chief executive Rubin Ritter said: “We are pleased with the performance in the first half of 2017 and continue to invest in order to meet our ambitious growth targets for the full year and beyond.

“Our investments, for example in our fulfilment capabilities and the launch of our membership programme Zalando Zet, are the cornerstones for future growth.”