Truworths, the South African fashion retailer that took over the British Office chain of shoe shops a few weeks ago, posted strong half-year figures on Feb.18, with a 21 percent rise in profit for the 26 weeks ending on Dec. 27, 2015. The company said this performance was driven by a recovery in its flagship Truworths stores as well as its buyout of Office for 5,500 million rands (€324.5m-$359m). As well as Office, the group bought two local businesses: Earthchild and Naartjie. Sales, excluding acquisitions, rose by 15 percent to R7,200 million (€424.7m -$470m). Comparable store sales for the period increased by 10.2 percent, with inflation at 9 percent.