Galeria Kaufhof reported sales of €2.1 billion for the first nine months ended Sept 30, up slightly by 0.1 percent from the year-earlier period. In the third quarter alone, the revenues of the German department store chain, which also runs 13 Sportarena stores and a fistful of specialty outdoor shops, improved significantly and rose by 1.8 percent to €0.7 billion. In the first nine months, earnings before interest and taxes (Ebit) improved from a loss of €40 million to a loss of €24 million. In the third quarter, the loss decreased from to €2 million from €9 million in the year-ago period. Some of the progress was due to Kaufhof's strategic decision to phase out consumer electronics to the benefit of higher-margin product categories such as footwear, apparel and accessories.