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Surfwear retailers have found a more favourable tide, with profitability and the sales outlook improving. Billabong has made a return to profit for the first time in three years in the half year to December 31, while Rip Curl has also posted a stronger earnings result for the period. Until this week, Quiksilver, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), also appeared to be headed for better results after losing investor confidence on a sharp drop in sales and substantial losses last