Mariella Burani Fashion Group has reported a 14.3 percent increase in pre-tax income to €16.1 million for the first nine months of this year on 11.1 percent higher sales of €356.6 million. The operating margin rose to 11.8 percent from 10.7 percent in the year-ago period if calculated before amortization and depreciation (EBITDA). Before interest (EBIT), the margin was up by 18.8 percent to €26.2 million. The company attributes the improvement to a better sales mix, moving toward higher-margin products and sales channels, and to more rational production and distribution methods, as well as the benefits of integration of recently acquired companies. Baldinini, Braccialini and René Lezard have been performing particularly well. As reported, MBFG has also acquired full control of Mafra.