April 17, 2018 / 6:25 AM / 4 months ago

BRIEF-JD Sports Fashion Says FY Pretax Profit Rose 24 Pct

April 17 (Reuters) - JD Sports Fashion PLC:

* TOTAL DIVIDEND 1.63 PENCEPER SHARE

* FY PROFIT BEFORE TAX AND EXCEPTIONAL ITEMS AT 307.4 MILLION POUNDS VERSUS 244.8 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR AGO

* NINE JD STORES OPENED IN ASIA PACIFIC REGION IN YEAR (2017: TWO STORES) INCLUDING FIRST STORES IN AUSTRALIA

* YEAR END NET CASH OF £309.7 MILLION (2017: £213.6 MILLION)

* FY TOTAL GROSS MARGIN 48.4 PERCENT VERSUS 48.9 PERCENT AS REPORTED A YEAR AGO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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