Turnover from its French outlets alone totalled EUR982m, an increase of 5.9%. 


When adjusted to a like-for-like basis, turnover showed a rise of 1.4% on 2004 levels.


The Group said the figures represented "a good performance" as trade forecasts for the sports goods market in France had anticipated  that sales growth would  not exceed 1% in 2005.


A dynamic sales strategy  in its main French stores had compensated for an average price fall per article on all brands of 5.7%,  Intersport added. 


By Stuart Todd