Belgian underwear group Van de Velde has booked a healthy increase in first-half turnover, thanks to growth at its Rigby & Peller brand and wholesale channel. 

Turnover reached EUR97m (US$131.9m) for the first six months of the year, up 10.3% from EUR106.9m in the same period of the prior year. Like-for-like sales were up 9.1%.

This growth was helped by a 13.8% increase in wholesale turnover, driven by the successful launch of PrimaDonna Swim and the strong growth in lingerie.

The company's Intimacy brand, however, posted a 22.7% drop in retail turnover. The company said the fall in euro is a little larger due to the weakening of the US dollar against the euro.

Retail turnover at Rigby & Peller in continental Europe rose by 12.6%, thanks to strong like-for-like growth in Germany (18.9%). In the UK, the brand saw retail turnover increase 9.1% and 3.9% on a like-for-like basis.