Fashion retailer French Connection today (4 February) said its full-year profits would be higher than expected thanks to a strong performance in its wholesale and licensing units.

As a result, it pre-tax profits are likely to be at least GBP6.8m in the year to 31 January, beating earlier guidance for profits between GBP2.6m and GBP5.1m. This compares with last year’s profit of GBP1.0m.

But the retailer admitted its UK retail performance was in-line with figures given in November, when sales dropped 7.7%.