Japanese retail giant Aeon Co Ltd on Wednesday reported record first half profits as it reaped the rewards of aggressive expansion, cost-cutting and higher sales and profit margins. The country’s second-largest retail group said its operating profit jumped 9.2 per cent to 58.26 billion yen ($470m) from the year-ago period, with sales up 3.9 per cent year-on-year to 1.49 trillion yen.