JD Sports will consider further deals in Europe after increased interim profits lifted its cash pile.

The company’s focus on aspirational sportswear brands for young shoppers – less affected by the recession than their parents – has allowed it to outperform Sports Direct and JJB Sports.

While rivals have been beset with trading woes, JD has been expanding, making its first foray abroad with a deal for Chausport, a French footwear chain bought for £7.2m in May.

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman, said: 'We will look at each case on its merits, but we are looking at mainland Europe as a testbed. We’re seen as a bit of a role model.'

Financial Times