Computer and video games retailer Game said it expects pre-tax profits to be £74 million for the year to January 31, 2008, beating profit expectations.

In the 50 weeks to January 12, 2008, Game reported like-for-like sales growth of 43 per cent.

The retailer said that, in its new financial year, it expects like-for-like growth of between 5 and 10 per cent against strong comparatives last year.

Game also said gross margin will improve by between 50 and 100 basis points.

In January, Game’s acquisition of Gamestation was cleared by the Competition Commission.

The group is now confident it can achieve pre-tax synergies of£7 million in the financial year to January 2009 because of the acquisition.