Teen apparel retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is to expand its retail presence in Europe following the success of its first London store which opened in March on London's Savile Row.

The New Albany, Ohio based company says it is seeking locations in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Denmark and Sweden and will also open additional stores in the UK.

"We have been evaluating the European markets for some time and it is clear that the demand for the Abercrombie & Fitch brand is very strong," said Mike Jeffries, chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

"We believe that now is the ideal time for us to execute our international growth strategy with expansion throughout Europe."

The company has retained PBS Real Estate, and its principal Laura Pomerantz, to identify the new locations.

Abercrombie & Fitch, which also operates the Hollister Co and Ruehl nameplates, posted a 7% rise in first quarter profit in the three months to 5 May, on sales that rose 13% to $742.4m.

Abercrombie & Fitch's international expansion began last year with its first store in Canada.

It attracted widespread criticism in the UK after consumers noticed garments on sale in its London store were almost double the price of the same items in the retailer's US stores. The retailer said its higher prices were due to the increased cost of operating in the UK.