Games Workshop Group said it expected 2017-18 profits to be above market expectations as the good performance reported for 2016-17 had continued.

It said sales and profits for 2017-18 to date were well above the same period in the prior year.

But the group said the board was aware that there was some uncertainty in the trading periods ahead for the rest of the 2017/18 financial year and a further update would be given as appropriate.

The group also announced that non-executive Tom Kirby had advised the board of his intention to retire with effect from the conclusion of the company's annual general meeting on 13 September.

The group said he would be succeeded by Nick Donaldson who has been a non-executive director since April 2002.