Scottish Daily Mail

US falls for our wellies


AMERICANS snapping up trendy wellie boots have helped footwear maker Hunter Boot post strong full-year figures.

The firm, founded in 1856, saw strong sales growth in North America – up 33pc – which contribute­d to a 19pc rise in group sales to £113.7m in 2015. Operating profit fell to £14.1m from £15.6m in line with expectatio­ns.

During the year it traded from its new flagship London shop and opened a new store in Bicester Village.

The privately-owned firm invested in a new IT system and revamped its warehouse. Chief executive Vincent Wauters has launched new styles in footwear and expanded into accessorie­s.

A second flagship store, in Tokyo, opened in March and initial sales have been positive.

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