By Daniel Hunter

Online fashion retailer ASOS has reported an 8% rise in sales despite a "challenging" environment.

Total sales were up 8% to £246m in the three months to the end of November, while total UK sales were up 24% to £104m.

There was, however, a 2% drop in international sales. It comes as a huge surprise given that the months leading up to Christmas are typically the busiest for retailers.

ASOS said it expects full-year profits to be "to be in line with expectations".

"September and October were challenging as we completed the automation programme in Barnsley in time for peak," said ASOS chief executive Nick Robertson.

"Our sales have since gathered momentum and we had our biggest ever trading week over cyber weekend in November," he added.

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