South African apparel chain Foschini on Tuesday announced a 58 per cent year-on-year surge in first half earnings to 69 cents a share as it reaped the rewards of improved margins and higher sales. The firm, whose banners include Sports Division and Markhams, said in a news release first half turnover jumped 21 percent to $182 million compared to the year-ago period but warned it faces a tough second half.