Slovakia's largest textile manufacturer, Makyta Puchpv, recorded sales of SKK530 million for the first half of 2004, an increase of almost 42 per cent compared to last year.

Exports, which accounted for 90 per cent of the compamny's first-half sales, grew by 53 per cent.

Makyta Puchpv's biggest markets are Austria, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and Japan.

The company has four production plants.