Fashion footwear firm Kurt Geiger has increased its annual earnings by 13%, and said that the current year was off to a good start.

The UK company posted earnings of GBP8.1m (US$16.7m) last year, thanks to strong performances within Harrods and Selfridges.

Kurt Geiger reportedly said sales were up 8% between February and July this year, with positive like-for-like sales.

It was reported last year that the upmarket shoe brand would step into the Italian market through a tie-up with department store La Rinascente.