November 6, 2012 11:28 pm
Updated: March 17, 2013 9:35 pm

Burberry H1 profit falls due to end of fragrance licensing pact; shares up on higher sales


LONDON – Costs associated with the end of a perfume licensing agreement dented first-half profits at luxury fashion company Burberry.

For the six months ending Sept. 30, Burberry saw its net profit fall to 85 million pounds ($136 million) from 117 million pounds a year earlier. The big difference was a charge of 73.8 million pounds related to the cost of terminating a fragrance and beauty licensing relationship with French-based Interparfums.

Burberry says Wednesday it expects to benefit eventually from directly controlling its fragrance and beauty line.

Revenue was up 6 per cent to 883 million pounds, with same-store sales rising in all regions.

Burberry shares were up 1.8 per cent at 1,274 pence in early trading in London.

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