Uniqlo owner reports 23% rise in half-year profit

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TOKYO - Clothing brand Uniqlo's Japanese owner on Thursday reported that operating profit rose 23% in the six months through February.

Fast Retailing said operating profit was 168 billion yen ($1.53 billion) in the period, against 136.7 billion yen a year earlier.

($1 = 109.6500 yen)

(Reporting by Junko Fujita and Rocky Swift in Tokyo; Editing by David Goodman)

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