End of perfume pact depresses Burberry H1 profit

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 1:32 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 2:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — 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 percent to 883 million pounds, with same-store sales rising in all regions.

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

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