ASOS surge driven by overseas sales

SALES at online fashion retailer ASOS soared by 59 per cent over the Christmas period – with its international performance driving the company forward.

Overseas sales jumped by 156 per cent while poor weather in the UK hit deliveries.

The firm said UK retail sales increased 23 per cent to £56.3m, in the three months to 31 December.

ASOS launched American, French and German websites in October 2010 as well as a free global shipping offer in the run up to Christmas.

Chief executive Nick Robertson said: “The weather knocked between two and five per cent off our UK sales but internationally we have been incredibly strong.

“We have more websites to launch this year and are very confident.”