In a preliminary statement, Mariella Burani Fashion Group reports a 17 percent increase in revenues to €200.5 million for the 1st half ended June 30, thanks in part of acquisitions. Increased revenues from higher-margin activities such as leathergoods and shoes, which represented 31.2 percent of revenues, contributed to a 22.7 percent growth in the Italian group’s operating profit before amortization (Ebitda) to €22.7 million, or 11.3 percent of sales. The operating profit after amortization (Ebit) rose by 16 percent to €12.3 million. MBFG is stepping up its retail investments with 21 new stores planned for the 2nd half of this year.