French luxury group Hermes has reported "solid" third-quarter sales, helped by a "remarkable' performance by its ready-to-wear and accessories.

Group sales in the three months to 30 September grew by 12.9% at constant exchange rates, with double-digit gains in both the stores and wholesale channels.

Ready-to-wear, fashion accessories and footwear saw sales surge 18.9%, the silk and textiles sector rose 12.7%, and leather goods and saddlery sales climbed 8.4%, helped by the ramp-up of new manufacturing plants in Isère, Charente and Franche-Comté.

As at end of September, the group's turnover climbed 12.9% to EUR895.5m (US$1.2bn) at constant exchange rates.

Sales grew in all regions, led by a 17.6% rise at constant exchange rates in the Americas,  16.4% in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan), 8.7% in France and 12% in Europe excluding France. Sales in Japan were up 5.8%.

Looking ahead, the company expects sales growth to exceed 11% for the full year.