JD Sports Fashions has bucked the gloomy UK retail trend by posting a 9% rise in full-year pre-tax profit to GBP38.2m (US$56.1m).

Revenue for the UK retailer in the year to 31 January was up 13.3% to GBP670.9m, boosted by a 3.9% rise in like-for-like sales.

The company's fashion fascias led the growth with a 7.9% increase in like-for-like sales, while its core sports fascias enjoyed a like-for-likes rise of 3.3%.

Operating profit was up 24% to GBP54.5m, while pre-tax profit before exceptional items also rose 24% to GBP53.6m.

However, net profits were hit by exceptional items of GBP16.3m linked to the falling value of the company's 10% stake in rival retailer JJB Sports, plus the write-off of remaining goodwill from the acquisition of the Hargreaves airport stores portfolio.

Updating on the current year, the company said group like-for-like sales in the nine weeks to 4 April were up 0.3%, with sports fascias down 0.2% and fashion up 3.6% - although last year's figures included Easter trading.

JD Sports executive chairman Peter Cowgill said the performance represented the company's fifth successive year of revenue and profit growth, but added that this meant that comparatives were increasingly hard to match.

"The Sports Fascias' strong performance in recent years with regards to like-for-like sales and gross margins means that further improvement in these areas is increasingly challenging," he said.

"Nevertheless, the new year has started satisfactorily and we have a well differentiated position. The board remains focused on continuing to deliver operational and financial progress for the group."