Westfield Group, the shopping mall operator with a site at Shepherds Bush and one planned for Stratford in London, has revealed it has seen sales increase by 17% at its site in the capital in the first half of the year. The group said its Shepherds Bush outlet was now on track to hits its target of £800m worth of sales this year. The centre plays host to a clutch of names from the eating and drinking out sector including Byron, Nando's, Pizza Express and Yo! Sushi. The planned site in Stratford, which is currently under construction and is close to the Olympic stadium, will also have a larger food & beverage presence. Davis Coffer Lyons, are the sole property agents for both sites. The Sydney-based group, which has 119 malls in the UK, Australia, the US and New Zealand, said that net profit for the six months ended 30 June was A$961m (£554.5m) compared with a net loss of A$708m a year earlier. It was the first time Westfield has posted a profit since the first half of 2008. Peter Lowry, the group’s joint managing director, said: "We have weathered the crisis and we are focussing on operations to create the platform for growth.”