Richoux Group - formerly known as Gourmet Holdings - has increased sales at its Richoux and Amato restaurants up to £2.93m. Announcing its interim results for the 28 weeks prior to 13 July, Richoux said its turnover had jumped up from £2.04m for the same period the year before. The company - which recently announced it was to run a central kitchen and moved its head office - said its gross profit had fallen from £230,000 to £140,000. It also made an operating loss of £230,000 - up from £5,000 last year. Richoux said the core business was profitable at a restaurant level, operational improvements had now been implemented and that it had cash of £4.2m. Philip Shotter, chairman of Richoux Group plc said: “The group has recently moved into its new head office and completed the purchase of a central kitchen which is expected to be operational by the end of November 2008. "With cash of £4.2 million at the period end, the foundations and resources are in place for the group to continue its expansion. Our performance to date has demonstrated that our brands are well positioned and that our ambitions are appropriate in these market conditions.” The group opened two Amatao sites in the period and expects to open three more before the end of 2008.