TURNOVER RISES AT AGENT PROVOCATEUR

Agent Provocateur, the lingerie firm backed by private equity giant 3i, said yesterday that sales rose eight per cent to £26.7m for the year to 26 March. Operating profit was £1.33m. The brand, famed for its risque lingerie, now has 55 outlets around the world and has opened stories in Moscow and Beirut this year. Post year-end figures showed a like-for-like sales increase of 11 per cent.