Zara expands online

SPANISH clothing firm Zara is extending its online shopping to Irish customers as it revealed a 68pc rise in first-half profit.

The company, which is owned by Spanish group Inditex, said it was satisfied with the response to its initial launch of Zara online sales earlier this month, adding it would extend the offer to Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Swedish rival H&M has also begun selling online this month.