Pollini, the Italian footwear company owned by the Aeffe fashion group, increased sales by 8.1 percent in the first half to €16.0 million from €14.8 million a year earlier. At constant currency rates, sales grew by 7.3 percent. Aeffe lifted its total sales by 1.4 percent to €121.6 million, while sales of its footwear and leathergoods division rose by 13.5 percent to €32.3 million. The group's Ebitda margin widened to 5.8 percent from 3.6 percent and the Ebitda loss of the footwear and leathergoods activities narrowed to €€0.6 million from €1.7 million. Aeffe finished the quarter with a net loss of € 4.3 million, compared with a loss of €5.1 million a year earlier.