First-half sales at lingerie maker Van de Velde increased 11 per cent the company said on Thursday.

In a statement it said the jump was the result of a "high number of repeat orders" during May and June.

In Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, sales were up 12 per cent. They rose 11 per cent in France, 8 per cent in Germany, and 15 per cent in other countries where the company sells brands including Marie Jo and PrimaDonna.

Turnover rose to €52.5 million from €47.3 million the previous year.

Marie Jo's revenues rose 14 per cent to €30.1 million from €26.4 million.

PrimaDonna lingerie sales rose 8 per cent to €20.9 million from €19.4 million.