Footwear retailer Brantano NV has posted a 1.5 per cent rise in full-year consolidated turnover to EUR303.8 million, up from EUR299.4m in 2002.

Of the total group turnover, the United Kingdom accounted for EUR144.9m in earnings, with the company's native Belgium earning EUR132m.

Sales in the Netherlands, however, fell 36.4 per cent year-on-year, driven by a raft of store closures.

According to managing director Joris Brantegem, the third quarter of 2003 had a negative influence on full-year results.

"The fourth quarter was good, but not good enough to offset the drop in turnover in the third quarter," he said.

"Turnover was influenced negatively in all countries in the third quarter by the good weather and high temperatures in the months of August and September."

Brantano forecasts limited same-store sales growth in 2004, despite plans for a 10-store expansion in the United Kingdom.