By Marcus Leach

European sales have helped model maker Hornby boost sales by 50% over the past six months, compared with the same time last year.

"During the period, turnover was £28.4 million, an increase of 11% compared to the corresponding period last year," a statement on the company's official website read.

"Our European businesses grew by 50% as our improved supply chain allowed us to meet more of the demand for our products in Europe. Sales in the more mature UK business increased by 4% over the corresponding period last year.

"Whilst, in common with most consumer goods markets, our UK retailers are being cautious in placing their orders, our major retail listings are at higher levels than in previous years.

The firm makes model railways, Scalextric car racing kits and Airfix models, also said they had made progress in the German market.

"We are particularly pleased with the progress, albeit from a low base, that we have made in Germany," the firm said.

"Germany is by far the largest and most discerning model railway market in Europe."

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