Lifestyle fashion retailer Joules delivered 'strong' first half performance as results topped its expectations on the back of solid international growth.

For the 26 weeks ended 25 November 2018, underlying pre-tax profit increased by 14.7% to £10.7m and revenue rose by 17.6% to £113.1m.

The uptick in revenue arrived as active customers increased by 20% to 1.4m for the half, while international revenue rose by 64.2% and now represented 15.8% of group revenue.

The retailer reiterated its confidence in achieving full year 2019 underlying pre-tax in line with its expectations.

'Joules has delivered another strong performance in the first half of year. As previously reported, this outcome is ahead of our initial expectations for the Period and has been achieved despite challenging trading conditions,' said Colin Porter, Chief Executive.

'We have continued to trade well since the Period end with a good performance through the festive period and positive customer reactions to our new collections. We have an outstanding brand, good momentum and a growing customer base and we look forward to the second half of the financial year with confidence.'

At 9:37am: (LON:JOUL) Joules Group Plc share price was -3p at 256p