Menswear and fashion goods firm F J Benjamin Holdings today reported an after-tax operating profit of $1.64 million for its first half, compared to a net loss of $5.58m in the year-ago period.

The company added that for the whole of fiscal 2001, it lost $40.91m, versus a profit of $22.8m in the previous year and reported a 15 per cent drop in turnover in the latest period to $69.26m from $81.42m.