Tommy Hilfiger Group has posted a 30.5% boost in global sales for the six-month period ending September 30. Tommy Hilfiger Group today announced that for the six-month period ending September 30 total global sales increased by 30.5% to €755 million. During the period new business as the result of acquisitions of two of its former licensees (Tommy Hilfiger Footwear Europe and Tommy Hilfiger Japan, acquired by the Group in September 2007 and March 2008 respectively) contributed to 16.4% of the total 30.5% growth.

In Europe total sales increased by 25.9% to €390 million. Wholesale operations showed the largest increase as a result of continued growth in all regions and product groups, as well as the inclusion of European footwear sales. Retail business showed 3.4% comparable store sales and 6.2% overall growth compared to the previous year.

Total US sales also increased 16.7% to $356 million (€232 million). In the wholesale business, Tommy Hilfiger’s partnership with Macy’s saw significant growth compared to last year. In the US, retail stores’ comp growth amounted to 6.0%, while total sales growth amounted to 15.8%. Brand new full price and outlet stores in the US continue to roll out at this time. In Canada, due to a strategic downsizing of the wholesale business, overall sales fell 1.9% below last year’s figures.

Sales in Japan, meanwhile, are developing as predicted and significantly contributing to the overall growth of the company. As well, all licensing partners in Central and South America and the rest of Asia reported strong to powerful double-digit growth.

A total of 50 new stores opened in the first half of the year, taking the global store portfolio to over 850 as at September 30, 2008. Of these stores, approximately 50% are owned and operated stores. As previously announced, Tommy Hilfiger Group is set to open a global flagship store on Fifth Avenue in Midtown New York next year, marking a major step in expanding the brand's retail presence in the US.