Burberry, the luxury clothing, accessories and retail brand from the Britain has reported a better than expected first six months of trading in the first six months of 2009, ending 30 September 2009. A major SAP implementation has been under-going implementation at Burberry, who today reported that retail sales increased by 14 per cent and accounted for 50 per cent of total revenues of £343 million, above what analysts expected.

Burberry said Europe and Asia were its best markets, achieving double digit growth, especially in the UK and Korea. The group is standardising its processes onto SAP and has already achieved savings of £20m. It expects to see the greatest efficiencies in its supply chain.

Credit information supplier Experian said its revenues grew by one per cent in the first half of 2009, but said it believes the full year results will be stronger. The global company expects to begin merger and acquisition activity again soon. Experian has been investing in a range of online services to offset the down turn and said in its trading statement that this strategy was paying off.

The news was not all good though, major drinks manufacturer Diageo, which produces globally famous brands like Guinness and Johnnie Walker whisky, said it had experienced a difficult three months to 30 September 2009. It said net sales were down six per cent and it said that it expects the first quarter of 2010 to be challenging.

Paul Walsh Diageo chief executive said: "The restructuring programme is on track to deliver the forecast benefit of a £120m reduction in costs year on year." As CIO reported in August, Diageo has set out on a major restructuring of its supply chain operations, which the CIO of the company is deeply involved in.