Luxury brand Burberry recorded a surge in third-quarter sales, but retail sales were at a lower level than the retailer planned.

Total revenue soared 26 per cent on an underlying basis in the three months to December 31. Retail sales, which accounted for more than 60 per cent of total revenue in the period, were up 14 per cent and like-for-likes were up 6 per cent.

In the third quarter, the Burberry said overall volume growth was high, driven by the strength of its product ranges. The brand spent more on infrastructure to support the growth.

In a statement Burberry said: “Retail sales did come in modestly behind our plan, with proportionally more inventory sold during our usual sale period.”

Burberry chief executive Angela Ahrendts said: “In the third quarter, Burberry delivered 26 per cent sales growth, with solid double-digit growth in all channels and regions, notwithstanding economic and internal infrastructure challenges. This performance reflects the continued appeal of our new product and marketing strategies globally and particularly in our high growth, under-penetrated regions including the US, China and emerging markets.”

The European division, excluding Spain, reported the largest percentage change in revenue – up 41 per cent to£83 million in the third quarter.

Burberry’s US sales rose 19 per cent to£85 million. In Europe, Spain declined year on year in the third quarter, while Italy was the best performer.

There was double-digit like-for-like growth in the US, Hong Kong and emerging markets. Luxury handbags, outerwear, shoes and other accessories, including scarves, led the performance.

During the period the retailer opened six stores and two franchises. It plans to open six stores in the fourth quarter and 15 in the next financial year.