Fashion house Christian Dior Couture has reported a second-quarter revenue rise of 26 per cent on the back of worldwide growth.

Dior, part of luxury goods group Christian Dior SA, said that between April and June revenue had risen to a record €138 million.

The company also said that operating profit had risen at a rapid rate, by over 30 per cent, in the first half of 2004.

Dior said that whilst its European markets had seen good growth, its markets in the US and Asia had been the most prosperous.

The company highlighted John Galliano's women's collection and Hedi Slimane's Dior Homme division as important influences on the company's success.