Romania and Bulgaria reported the highest boost in international sales for German retailer Praktiker, according to financial results for Q2 2006 that the company announced on Wednesday.

Praktiker boss Wolfgang Werner said that company sales in Bulgaria almost tripled in the first half of 2006 and those in Romania grew 50% in the same period. In the second quarter, total sales of the group rose 7.5% to 888.3 million euro.

In Germany, Praktiker sales grew 5.8% compared to the first quarter of 2005, up to 665.2 million euro.