Teen apparel retailer The Buckle today (11 March) posted an 18.2% jump in fourth quarter profit as shoppers flocked to its stores and sales rose 21.5%. 

For the three months to 31 January, net income climbed to $34.3m, or $0.75 per share, from $29.1m, or $0.65 per share, a year earlier.

Net sales were up to $251.4m from $207.0m, and same-store sales rose 14.3%.

For the full-year, the Kearney, Nebraska based retailer said net income increased 38.8% to $104.4m, or $2.30 per share, from $75.2m, or $1.69 per share, in the prior year.

Annual sales soared 27.8% to $792.0m, up from $619.9m last time, and comparable store rose 20.6%.

Buckle, which operates 391 stores, is known as a denim destination, with each store carrying a wide selection of fits, styles, and finishes from leading denim brands, including the company's own BKE brand.