• FY EBITDA up 1.3% to GBP15.2m (US$23.6m)
  • Total sales rise 11.1% to GBP125.1m
  • Online sales soar by 52%

Women’s wear retailer Hobbs posted a slight increase in full-year earnings, boosted by a double-digit sales increase as the company continued to invest in international growth.

Online sales growth of 52% in the year to 26 January 2013 led to the segment accounting for 22.1% of total sales in the period, the UK business said.

Hobbs said it now had more than 800,000 registered customers, up 51%, with 30% of active customers “fully engaged on a multi-channel basis”.

The company has refreshed more than 90% of its clothing, footwear and accessories for autumn/winter 2013, with completely new designs accounting for two-thirds of that figure.

It said its international expansion plans were on track, with online delivery to over 50 countries in place and local content websites in production to launch in Germany, Australia and the US during the autumn/winter 2013 season.

“We continue to enhance our multi-channel offering and personalisation, with significant online and mobile developments, as well as new concept stores already opened in Guildford and Bluewater,” said Hobbs chief executive Nicky Dulieu.

“This wide-ranging store improvement programme will see a third of the store base revamped in the next six months.”