Sports retailer JD Sports Fashion has reported a 57% jump in full-year headline profit before tax and exceptional items, as sales of sports and fashion products continued to surge. 

JD Sports also runs fashion and outdoor retail outlets such as Scotts and Blacks alongside its core sports retail business.

It said its headline profit before tax and exceptional items rose to £157.1m in the year ended January 30, from £100m a year earlier.

Analysts said the profit figure was 5% ahead of consensus estimates, adding that several years of stores and infrastructure investment are starting to pay off. 

Like-for-like store sales at its core sports fashion business rose by over 10% in the period. 

The company, which rivals Sports Direct in Britain, had said in January that it expects full-year profit above market expectations after a "very strong" Christmas.