Fashion and footwear retailer Alexon on Tuesday celebrated a huge jump in first half pre-tax profit to £8.5 million from £3.9m in the year-ago period and said sales for the second half were on target. The company said in a statement sales climbed 8.7 per cent to £182.4m from £167.8m in the period, with same-store sales up 4.8 per cent and operating profit up 73 per cent to £9.9m from £5.7m.