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CORRECTED-Spanish retailer Inditex books 421 million euro profit in first quarter

(Corrects sales increase to 48% (not 25%), paragraph 2)

LISBON, June 9 (Reuters) - Spanish retail giant Inditex reported a first quarter net profit of 421 million euros ($512.74 million) on Wednesday, beating analysts’ expectations but still a third below pre-pandemic levels in the same February-April period.

Net sales reached 4.9 billion euros, 48% more than in the first quarter of 2020 but still below 2019 levels of 5.93 billion euros.

Online sales were up 67% from last year as lockdowns kept stores across the world closed or operating under capacity for much of the quarter due to pandemic-related restrictions. ($1 = 0.8211 euros) (Reporting by Victoria Waldersee, Editing by Inti Landauro)

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