Denmark-based toy maker The LEGO Group announced first-half earnings Monday and said its sales rose 23 percent compared to the same period a year ago.
"It is particularly pleasing to note the continued strong growth in our classic product lines," chief executive Jørgen Vig Knudstorp in a statement.
The company said it revenues totaled 4.37 billion kroner for the first half, or roughly $826 million.
Profit before tax for the six-month period was about $175 million.
The company said its classic lines LEGO City and LEGO Star Wars remained its best-selling products, but "there have been improvements in virtually all product lines."
Among various geographies, North America and Eastern and Central Europe all saw big increases in sales, the company said.
"As the bulk of toy sales occur during the last few months of the year, considerable uncertainty remains about the full year result," Vig Knudstorp said. "But based on the fine results achieved in the first half of the year, we are optimistic with regard to prospects for the remainder of 2009."