Women's and children's fashion group Monsoon Plc on Tuesday said it enjoyed a strong start to the fiscal year with same-store sales up 10 per cent for the 14 weeks ended September 6.

The operator of about 280 Monsoon and Accessorize stores said total sales jumped 28 per cent year-on-year in that period and added the overall performance of the group "remains strong".

The firm, which last month named Rose Foster to the newly-created position of CEO, added international development director John Spooner will retire in January and will stay with the business until the New Year to ensure a "smooth transition period".