Women's and children's apparel retailer Lindex has posted a pre-tax profit of EUR9.6 million for the first fiscal quarter of 2004, up from EUR8.7m in the same period a year ago.

Sales for the three-month period also rose to EUR150.9m from EUR148.8m in first quarter 2003, while operating profit climbed to EUR9.6m from EUR8.9m a year earlier.

Lindex's operations include a namesake retail chain made up of 344 stores and the 60-store Twilfit chain.