The Austrian unit of leading Swiss clothing producer and retailer Voegele on Thursday reported a steep rise in 2002 pre-tax profit. Voegele Austria posted a profit of $14.7 million versus $8.1m in the year-ago period on a two per cent year-on-year climb in turnover to $216m. The operator of 128 stores said it plans to open up to 10 new outlets in Austria this year as it looks to close in on market leader Hennes & Mauritz.