Leading Finnish fashion and textile group Marimekko on Wednesday reported a huge jump in nine month profit on the back of soaring sales and raised its full-year forecasts.

The Helsinki-based firm said in a statement its nine month profit before extraordinary items nearly doubled to 4.7 million euros from 2.5 million euros in the year-ago period.

Marimekko said sales climbed 18 per cent to 34.8 million euros despite its non-Nordic sales falling 4.4 per cent amid weak consumer spending in Germany.

It added it expects full-year profitability to remain at an "excellent" level and sees strong double-digit sales growth for 2002.

"The delayed recovery of the international economy and the consequential uncertainties make it difficult to forecast sales trends in different markets," it said.

"Sales... have grown strongly throughout the year so far, and demand for the products is expected to remain good in the last quarter as well."