Bata India, the country's largest footwear retailer and one of its leading manufacturers, has posted a 27.1% jump in pre-tax profit in the first quarter of its financial year, helped by new stores and rising sales.

In results released last week, the Indian arm of global shoe major, Bata Shoe Organization, said pre-tax profit rose to INR1.6bn (US$32.1m) from INR1.28bn in the same period last year.

Sales in the three months to 31 March rose 6.8% to INR23.3bn from INR21.8bn last time, boosted by 32 new international-style large format stores.

"Our strategy of opening large format stores has been successful and we continue to invest in expanding our retail business," said managing director Marcelo Villagran.

"We have also focused upon providing our customers with a new trendy collection and better shoe designs," he said.

The company sells through over 1200 Bata Shoe Stores and over 20,000 independent shoe dealers, located in over 400 cities across India.