BRIEF-South Africa's Foschini Group H1 profit up 4 pct

JOHANNESBURG Thu Nov 7, 2013 7:04am EST

JOHANNESBURG Nov 7 (Reuters) - Foschini Group Ltd : * Retail turnover up 9,0% to R6,7 billion * Diluted headline earnings per share up 3,8% to 411,2 cents * Interim dividend increased by 3,0% to 243,0 cents per share * Expects to have around 300 stores outside South Africa by 2018, from 116 now * To open a further 92 stores in the second half.