Surf and ski goods company Fat Face has posted a positive trading update, helped both by improvements within its core business as well as its growth strategy.

Sales during the 26 weeks to 26 November jumped 34% to GBP37.5m (US$45.3m) from GBP28.0m in the comparable period last year.
Operating profit was up 66% during the same period to GBP5.0m from GBP3.0m a year ago.
Christmas trading was good, the company said, with sales in the five weeks beginning 26 November increasing 30% year-on-year.

Chief executive Louise Barnes said: "This has been a very strong 6 months for Far face, with a new set of investors, Advent International.

"We are now reaping the benefits of the investment in the business over the past two years".

A Fat Face spokesperson told just-style the improvements were a result of both expansion and the strength of the company's core business.

She added: "The company is looking to expand, both in the UK and overseas, through franchise agreements."

Fat Face opened 11 new stores in the last six-month period, bringing its total number of stores to 111 in the UK, Ireland and France. The business also has 1 franchise store in Iceland.