Leading women's and children's fashion chain Monsoon on Monday reported a 14 per cent year-on-year jump in first half profits thanks to strong sales but said is sees tougher trading conditions in the second half. The operator of about 280 Monsoon and Accessorize stores said its pre-tax profit for the six months to November 23 rose to £18.5 million. Its operating profit climbed 13 per cent year-on-year to £18m and sales rose eight per cent year-on-year to £107.7m.