Sportswear firm JD Sports posts record 2016 profit

JD Sports Fashion’s like-for-like sales levels grow 10%

JD Sports Fashion: headline profit before tax and exceptional items rose to a record £244.8 million (€287 million) from £157.1 million a year earlier. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

JD Sports Fashion: headline profit before tax and exceptional items rose to a record £244.8 million (€287 million) from £157.1 million a year earlier. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

 

Shares in Britain’s JD Sports Fashion hit a record high after strong demand for leisurewear items helped to drive a 55 per cent rise in headline annual pretax profit, its biggest increase in eight years.

JD Sports, which alongside its core sports retail business runs fashion and outdoor retail outlets such as Scotts and Blacks, said headline profit before tax and exceptional items rose to a record £244.8 million from £157.1 million a year ago.

Shares in the company traded 8.3 per cent firmer at 440.4 pence towards the end of trading having earlier touched a high of 462p. They are up by around a third this year.

Like-for-like store sales at its core sports fashion business rose 10 per cent although the company said it was “unreasonable” to expect growth to be maintained at this level.

The company, which rivals Mike Ashley-owned Sports Direct in Britain, warned that external influences, such as inflationary pressures arising from Brexit, may impact trading in the latter part of the year. – (Reuters)