BRIEF-Sports Direct Q3 profit up, says will hit FY target

LONDON Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:06am EST

LONDON Feb 21 (Reuters) - Sports Direct International PLC : * Group sales for the 13 weeks ending 27 January 2013 were up 21.1% to £589.5M

(2012: £486.8M) * Gross profit increased 22.7% to £244.8M (2012: £199.5M). * Q3 group sales for up 21.1% to £589.5M (2012: £486.8M) * We are certain of reaching our 2013 full year targeted underlying EBITDA of

£270M * Q3 gross profit increased 22.7% to £244.8M (2012: £199.5M).