Brantano, the footwear retail group, generated a turnover of 145.4 million euros in the first half of 2002, up from 131.8 million euros in the same period last year.

The UK saw the biggest increase in turnover, up 16.2 per cent followed by Denmark, which was up to 3.9 million euros from 2.8 million euros in the first half of 2001. However, turnover in Belgium and Luxembourg fell 8.7 per cent year-on-year to 65.6 million euros.

Brantano will open 20 stores in the second half of 2002 and forecasts a 310 million euros turnover this year.