Online fashion retailer ASOS has posted a 61% full-year profits boom despite its warehouse being ravaged by fire in December.

For the 12 months ended 31 March, pre-tax profits were GBP1.42m (US$2.62m) as group sales jumped 39% to GBP18.8m.

ASOS stopped trading for five and a half weeks after the Buncefield oil depot blast damaged its warehouse.

Without the fire, estimated sales would have been about GBP25m and pre-tax profit would have been about GBP2.2m.

Chairman Lord W Alli said the company now had about 960,000 users and was the second most-visited online fashion retailer in the UK behind Next.

ASOS, which was set up in June 2000, sells more than 4,000 lines of women's wear, men's wear, jewellery, beauty, accessories and footwear.