Women's fashion designer and retailer Jacques Vert on Tuesday announced a 17.6 per cent jump in second half total retail sales, excluding outlet mall sales, compared to the year-ago period. Like-for-like retail sales, excluding outlet malls, were 16 per cent up on the year-ago period, while for the year to April 27, total retail sales, excluding outlet mall, climbed 7.2 per cent and like for like retail sales, excluding outlet malls, inched up 0.4 per cent. The company said those results were in line with expectations.