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Sales growth boosts Borders textile firm

Lyle & Scott Covent Garden store
Image caption Lyle & Scott opened a flagship store in London's Covent Garden in 2005

A Borders-based textile firm has boosted its profits by more than a third as a result of strong sales growth.

Golf clothing manufacturer Lyle & Scott recorded pre-tax profits of £8.6m in the year up until March, compared with profits of £6.4m the previous year.

The firm, which is based in Selkirk and has a factory in Hawick, increased sales by 28% during the year to £34m.

Lyle & Scott was founded in Hawick in 1874.

The company's drive to become the knitwear producer of choice for fashion-conscious golfers appeared to have paid off in the UK, where turnover increased by 35% to £24.5m.

The firm, which opened a flagship store in London's Covent Garden in 2005, is owned by Waterlink Investments.

Based in the Midlands, Waterlink controls a group of clothing manufacturing firms, including Clan Douglas cashmere and Hawick Knitwear.

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