Germany apparel firm Hucke AG on Wednesday reported a first half pre-tax profit of $42.8 million versus a year-ago loss of $600,000 as it benefited from the sale of women’s clothing unit Basler GmbH.

The company said turnover for the six months to the end of October fell to $22.5m from $84.8m in 2001 as a result of the August sale of Basler for $105m.