Clothing designer and wholesaler Austin Group Ltd said on Wednesday it expected first half pre-tax profits to soar 275 per cent to A$1.5 million (US$0.76m) compared to A$0.4m (US$0.2m) in the year-ago period.

The Victoria-based clothing designer, importer and wholesaler attributed the forecast profits leap to an 11 per cent increase in sales to A$21.9m (US$11.1m).