Fashion group Hugo Boss saw currency-adjusted sales increase 12% in the first nine months of 2007, buoyed by strong performances from the company's women's wear, retail, shoes and leather accessories businesses.

Sales at the German group reached EUR1,328m (US$1,932m) in the first three quarters of the year, while net income rose 16% to EUR153m - prompting it to forecast record performance in fiscal 2007 as a whole.

Boss pointed to the "especially strong" performance of Boss Womenswear, where sales were up 32% to EUR166m.

The company's own retail business saw sales rise 26% to EUR165m, while shoes and leather accessories posted a sales increase of 17% to EUR147m.

Growth in the company's home market of Germany was "steady" at 4%, while Europe as a whole registered a 10% increase to EUR288m.

US sales were up 11% to EUR161m, while Asia and other regions increased 6% to EUR126m - largely due to a "significant" 33% sales increase in China.

"The consistent implementation of our strategic alignment has made us one of the most successful international fashion and lifestyle groups in the past few years," said Dr Bruno Sälzer, chairman of the managing board of Hugo Boss AG.

"In the high-end segment of the fashion market, we are efficient and future-focused, and we will end fiscal 2007 with record performance."

The company is forecasting an increase in currency-adjusted sales of 10-12% for 2007 as a whole, with a 12-15% increase for earnings before taxes. Growth should continue into 2008, it added.