Lush has revealed Christmas like-for-like sales jumped 12.2% but recorded a full-year profit drop.

The health and beauty retailer said sales for the five weeks to December 29 jumped 13.4% to £20m against last year.

Sales across Lush’s 106 UK stores advanced 12.2%, while online sales surged 27.7%.

Lush’s global like-for-like sales jumped 11.4% driven by its stores in North America and Australasia.

But the retailer revealed that worldwide pre-tax profit fell 16.2% to £21.9m in the year to June 30. Lush said growth in North America and the UK were partially offset by its Japanese business.

In the year, Lush bought the 54% of its Japanese arm it did not own, costing the retailer £2m, while it also incurred restructuring costs.

Group sales increased 11.3% to £362.9m as it opened a net 78 new stores in the period. Like-for-like sales jumped 3.7%.

Despite the pre-tax profit fall, Lush finance director Kim Coles said the full-year results were “strong”.

Coles added: “We continue to grow the business globally with expansion plans including our first New York spa opening on January 8, our first Brazil shop opening in the next few months and a new UK website in March.”