Ted Baker profits climb by over 20%
Fashion chain Ted Baker shrugged off tough trading on the high street to hike half-year profits by more than a fifth, but cautioned conditions remain "challenging".
Founder and chief executive Ray Kelvin hailed a strong performance despite difficult trading in all markets as the group posted a 20.5% leap in pre-tax profits to £21.5m for the six months to August 13.
The firm notched up a 13.6% rise in retail sales, up 9.6% with currency movements stripped out, helped by surging online sales in the first half - up 29.7%.
Mr Kelvin said Ted Baker "continues to perform well" since the first half and that the group was pleased with the reaction to its autumn-winter collections.
But the firm warned: "Ongoing external factors impacting trading across our established markets have meant that conditions remain challenging."