Fashion group Hugo Boss saw sales rise by 14% to hit EUR712m (US$907m) in the first half of 2006, the company said.

Boss saw sales in Germany increase by 8% to EUR164m, despite a declining market, while in the rest of Europe sales were up 16% to EUR327m.

The US also showed growth, with sales rising 22% to EUR96m, or up 17% in dollar terms.

Boss Womenswear generated EUR73m in sales over the first six months of 2006, up 73% thanks mostly to the launch of Boss Orange Womenswear.

Other good contributors to sales growth included shoes and leather accessories, up 46%, and Hugo Boss's retail business, up 42% and showing like-for-like sales growth of 9%.

Pre-tax earnings rose 18% to EUR79m, up from EUR67m in 2005, while net income increased by 19% to EUR54m.

Dr Bruno Sälzer, chairman of the managing board of Hugo Boss, pointed to the company's growth in all key markets. "We are particularly pleased with the positive business performance in the US, as well as the dynamic growth of Boss Womenswear," he said.

The company anticipates currency-adjusted sales growth of 10-12%, with income before taxes growing at a similar rate, for the remainder of 2006.