Britain's largest shoe retailer, Clarks, on Thursday posted a 27per cent jump in annual pre-tax profits to £46.8 million compared to the year-ago period.

The company said turnover in the 53 weeks to January 31, climbed seven per cent to £937m from the year earlier and that its current fiscal year had begun well.

It added that problems with a distribution centre in Belgium had hit profits at its international unit but they have been solved and the division is now performing well.