Adolfo Dominguez has doubled its year-on-year first half fiscal losses, hurt by weak sales during the Spanish spring/summer season and flagging sales across its distribution network which includes corners in leading department store chain El Corte Ingles.

Net profits came in at EUR4.13m, 65% more than the EUR2.49m reported in the year-ago period. Sales, meanwhile, fell 4.2% to EUR78.6m. EBITDA also plunged 48.7% to EUR3.68m.

The company, which has closed dozens of self-owned domestic and international shops since the global recession began in 2008, said sales fell despite heavy discounts during the season.

Despite its declining fortunes, the company said it will open 24 doors this year, 16 of which will be foreign franchises and the remaining eight in Spain.

Last year was an annus horribilis for Spanish fashion retailers, many of which went bankrupt on the back of plunging consumption in Spain's deep recession. This year, some expect trading to improve but few see a noticeable rebound until 2012.