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Zara owner Inditex defies eurozone crisis to post 30pc profit rise

Spain’s Inditex, the world’s largest clothes retailer, showed on Wednesday it can sell to both fashion-hungry shoppers in emerging Asia as well as cash-strapped consumers in Europe, posting a sharp rise in first-quarter earnings.

The owner of Zara and a clutch of other brands including upmarket Massimo Dutti beat forecasts with a 30 percent rise in net profit to EUR432 million (USD543.85m) and sales of EUR3.4b.

Inditex said it would start selling flagship Zara brands online in China in September.