French fashion chain Camaieu on Thursday revealed it enjoyed solid sales and profit growth in the first half of this fiscal year and announced plans to open up to 20 new stores during the second half.

The operator of 375 stores in several countries including France, Spain, Poland and Italy reported a net profit of 14.4 million euros versus 10.9 million euros last year.

Turnover for the 26-week period jumped 16 per cent year-on-year to 172.3 million euros.

The group, which employs more than 2,500 people and operates a huge warehouse in the north east of France, said its new stores will be opened in both its domestic and international markets.