Outdoor clothing firm Berghaus weathered a tough trading year to report a rise in revenues while also substantially reducing its losses.
The Sunderland-based firm, which is part of the Pentland group, saw sales lift to £56.1m, in the year to the end of December 2012, up from £56m a year earlier.
Operating losses of £6.9m for 2011, most of which were caused by a bad debt write off triggered by Blacks’ administration at the end of the year, were also shortened to £800,000.
The company, which also saw headcount swell over the year to 181 from 167, noted a small drop in sales in UK and rest of the world markets, to £44.6m from £45.5m in the UK, and to £4.8m from £5.1m in the rest of the world, but European revenues remained robust, rising to £6.7m from the previous year’s £5.4m.
The directors’ report accompanying annual accounts acknowledged that the year will be difficult, but added: “Through a combination of strong industry knowledge and robust long term strategic planning the directors remain confident that the business will continue to meet the challenges it faces.”