Luxury retailer Mulberry Group says financial results for the year ending 31 March are likely to top market predictions as its underlying trends continue to be positive.

According to the company, orders from the US and Asian markets are ahead of plan and will be in excess of £1 million. Most of these will be exported before the end of the financial year.

Like-for-like sales in full-price UK shops increased 14 per cent for the 14 weeks ended 1 January 2005, and 15 per cent for the five weeks ended the same date.

Orders for key leather goods, especially women's handbags, have continued to increase well, the company said.