• FY pre-tax profit up 36% to GBP85m
  • Total revenue up 10% to GBP1.9bn
  • JD Sports revenue up 9% to GBP1.3bn

JD Sports Fashion majority shareholder Pentland Brands posted an improved full-year profit as revenues rose 10% in the 12 months to 31 December.

The UK business, which owns 57% of JD Sports, said the retailer’s revenues were up 9% in the year, mainly thanks to growth in its core sports fascias.

Revenue from Pentland Brands and other non-retail businesses was up 11% to GBP590m, boosted by strong performances from Speedo, Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear.

Pentland described JD Sports’ performance as “good … in a challenging retail environment”, with sports fascias JD Sports and Size? reporting record revenue growth in their core UK and Irish markets.

Meanwhile, outdoor retailers Blacks and Millets had undergone “significant change” under JD’s ownership, which was creating a strong platform for growth in 2014.