UK luxury brand Mulberry is looking for international growth, having posted sales increases for the first half of its 2006 financial year.

Sales were up by 8% to GBP20.7m (US$40.62m) from GBP19.1m, while same-store retail sales in its UK shops and concessions for the nine weeks to 9 December were 7% higher than the prior year comparative period.

Mulberry also posted a 10% increase in operating profit to GBP2.5m compared with GBP2.2m last year, according to Sharecast.

"Our emphasis in the current year is to continue the development of Mulberry as a global brand. The growth in sales this year will be modest as we digest and consolidate the substantial gains made last year," the luxury company said.

Accessories remain the primary focus in all markets for Mulberry, which is also planning to open new shops in Glasgow and Terminal 3 at Heathrow, according to reports.