Luxury fashion group Burberry on Monday reported a big jump in third quarter sales as it benefitted from new store openings and solid festive trading amid colder weather.

The firm, famous for its beige check designs, said strong demand for its raincoats, ties and cashmere scarves was behind the 32 per cent year-on-year sales jump in sales and 16 per cent same-store sales growth.

"Overall, I think our revenue performance was pretty outstanding in a relatively difficult market, " said chief operating officer Mike Metcalf.

"All parts of our business we think performed well. We're well on track to meet the objectives we set at time of floatation."

However, he warned a US-led war with Iraq could impact on the luxury goods market due to the likelihood of a slowdown in air travel.