Leading South African apparel chain Truworths International on Thursday posted a 35.7 per cent year-on-year jump in first half net profit to 180.8 million rand (US$22.5m) on the back of strong sales. The Johannesburg-based retailer said in a statement merchandise sales - including franchise sales - climbed 23.5 per cent year-on-year to 1.19 billion rand (US$115m) after a 17.6 per cent rise in the corresponding period of 2001.