South Korean retail giant Lotte Shopping has posted a slight drop in first-half net profit, despite a rise in sales.

Net profit for the six-month period dropped to KRW392bn (US$317m) from KRW395 in the comparable period of 2008.

Sales, however, were up 9% to KWR5.8trn, while operating profit reached KWR453bn, an 11.2% increase.