Women's and children's fashion group Monsoon Plc on Monday posted a sharp rise in full year pre-tax profit on the back of strong sales and same-store sales growth.

The operator of about 280 Monsoon and Accessorize stores reported a 19 per cent year-on-year jump in pre-tax profit for the 12 months ended May 31 to £38.2 million as sales rose to £231.1m from £203.6m last year.

The company said in a statement it had enjoyed an "excellent" start to the new financial year as several weeks of hot weather boosted sales of its summer range.

It said total sales for the seven weeks to July 19 soared 29 per cent from last year with same-store sales for the period up 11 per cent.

Separately on Monday, the retailer named John Clark as its new group finance director, effective August 18. He will replace Andrew May.