UK supermarket retailer Tesco has posted strong interim sales growth for its clothing unit, bolstered by the European market.

Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy told investors today (5 October) that F&F is a brand leader in Central Europe, and predicted a "good performance" for F&F clothing in the UK.

He said that clothing in the UK grew ahead of the market, with a particularly strong performance in menswear, and with children's wear buoyed by a strong back-to-school season.

Tesco reported a 12% increase in clothing sales in Europe, adding that it was now a market leader in both Hungary and the Czech Republic.

The company also opened its first standalone clothing store in Prague last week.

Earlier today Tesco posted a 16% rise in overall profits for the first half of its fiscal year on the back of growth strong international results. Click here to read more on the company's H1 performance.