Clothing firm Sanyo Shokai Ltd on Friday posted a seven per cent year-on-year rise in first half net profit to 1.8 billion yen on the back of a two per cent rise in sales to 63.3 billion yen ($538.2 million). The company said demand for its fashions in the January to June period remained strong despite unseasonal weather and added demand for its Burberry brand clothing was also solid.