German retail giant Metro Group has reported a 2.4% increase in half-year sales.

Sales at the parent of troubled UK wholesaler Makro Cash & Carry rose to €31.2bn during the past six months, with second-quarter sales also up 2.4% to €15.7bn. Profits climbed 16.6% to €470m.

Positive currency effects and the improving economic climate helped boost the figures, chief executive Eckhard Cordes admitted.

“The economic recovery trend is consolidating [and] Metro Group is developing from a solid basis,” Cordes said.

“Even if the crisis is not over yet, we see clear silver linings on the horizon in an increasing number of countries.”

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