French luxury brand Hermes has seen its first half profit surge thanks to rising sales across all geographies and categories.

For the six-month period, net income was up 49.5% to EUR290.9m, while sales increased 22% to EUR1.3bn.

Operating margin widened 3.7 percentage points to 32%, the "highest level recorded by the group since its IPO" in 1993. Operating income was up 37.3% to EUR418.1m.

The company said growth was driven by the US and China, with the Americas reporting a 34% jump in sales, and Asia, excluding Japan, booking a rise of 30%. In its French home market, sales were up 21%, which it attributed to a new store on rue de Sèvres in Paris, while the rest of Europe enjoyed 20% sales growth.

Sales increased 29% in its silks and textiles division, driven by its "lavish collections" and "persistently high corporate communication expenditure". Ready-to-wear and accessories reported a 31% sales rise, while leather goods and saddlery saw sales increase 15%.