MILAN Feb 11 Italian notebook maker Moleskine
said sales rose 13.5 percent in 2013 to 87 million
euros ($119 million) and said it fulfilled a pledge to boost
sales at the end of the year after a disappointing third
Results came a touch below analyst expectations of around 88
million euros for the company named after travel writer and
novelist Bruce Chatwin's nickname for his favourite notebooks.
Chief Executive Arrigo Berni said sales growth accelerated
in the fourth quarter and sounded a positive note for the
"I believe that the investments we are making in the
business, combined with the strong team in place, allow a robust
platform for growth in the years ahead," Berni said.
($1 = 0.7312 euros)
(Reporting by Isla Binnie, editing by Danilo Masoni)