Fashion retailer French Connection on Tuesday shrugged off tough trading conditions in the US and reported a 21 per cent climb in full-year profits to £23.2 million, compared to £19.1m in the year-ago period.

The company, famous in Britain for its controversial FCUK advertising campaign, said in a statement its turnover jumped 17 per cent to £225.7m and its operating profit before goodwill surged 30 per cent to £25m.

It added that despite challenging conditions in the US, it has enjoyed continued strong growth and worldwide development of its brands.

Chairman and chief executive, Stephen Marks, commented: "I am extremely pleased with this year's results and I am proud that this excellent performance has been achieved against the background of exceptional world events which have made this one of the most unusual years since I have been in business.

"This excellent performance has been generated by the strength of our brand and increasing customer awareness. We have developed exciting extensions to our brand, which have begun to make a good contribution to the group."