Aeon has reported a 14.5% rise in its nine-month operating profit to Y89.61 billion as sales improved.

Group revenue rose 5% to Y3.223 trillion from Y3.071trillion in the first nine months of the previous fiscal year.

The group confirmed a forecast made in October for a group operating profit of Y165 billion for the full year to 20 February. This would be a 12% increase on last year’s full year results.