Laura Ashley Holdings PLC (ALY.L)
* Appointment of Ms Joyce Sit Meng Poh as an executive director of company, with immediate effect
* Comparable sales in first 5 weeks of second half up 8 pct
Sept 5 - Fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley Holdings Plc reported a 14.9 percent rise in first-half pretax profit, helped by strong growth in online sales in the UK.
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* Trading for five weeks to Aug 30 up 8 pct on like-for-like basis Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: