JD Sports Fashion has reported a more than 25% jump in full-year headline pretax profit as demand for athletic and leisurewear clothing remained firm in an otherwise gloomy UK clothing sector. 

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

It said today that profit before tax and exceptional items rose to £307.4m in the 53 weeks to February 3. 

Core operating profit at its sports fashion business, which trades through brands such as Chausport, Sprinter and size?, rose 22% to £300m. 

Revenue rose 33% to £3.16 billion and the company opened another nine stores in the Asia Pacific region in the year, it said. 

JD Sports has been a British retail sector success story in recent years, overtaking billionaire Mike Ashley's Sports Direct as Britain's leading sportswear retailer by market value. 

The jump in JD Sports's profit and revenue is in contrast to other British clothing retailers such as Debenhams and Moss Bros, which have cited pressures in the broader retail sector in the UK for weak sales. 

JD Sports also struck deals last year, including a $558m purchase of Finish Line, to tap into the lucrative US sportswear market and to expand into the South Korean market.