UK retailer Sports Direct International has booked an increase in first-quarter sales and profit, despite a "disappointing" performance around the World Cup.

In a trading update today (10 September), the company said group sales were up 12.2% to GBP711.2m (US$1.14bn) during the 13 weeks to 27 July, compared to GBP634m in the same period of last year.

Sports Retail sales grew 16.3% to GBP611.8m from GBP526m in the prior year.

Premium Lifestyle sales, however, fell 8.8% to GBP52.1m from GBP 57.1m, and the Brands division saw revenue drop 7.1% to GBP47.3m over GBP50.9m a year ago.

Overall gross profit increased 11.8% to GBP301.2m against GBP269.3m a year ago.

Chief executive Dave Forsey said recent trading "has been in line with management's expectations, with some stronger weeks offset by England's disappointing World Cup performance".

"Within Sports Retail we continue to focus on upgrading our store portfolio and integrating recent acquisitions, including Eybl and Sports Experts in Austria," he added.