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Lifestyle Sports is a retailer of sports merchandise, including the new Adidas range for football giants Manchester United. Photo: PA

Lifestyle Sports is a retailer of sports merchandise, including the new Adidas range for football giants Manchester United. Photo: PA

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Mike Ross With Life Style Sports, LifeStyle Sports, Grafton Street, Dublin 23/7/2015To mark the launch of the new Ireland rugby jersey, Life Style Sports has today announced a unique jersey promotion; should the Irish rugby team become world champions on October 31st, it will refund anyone who purchases the new Ireland rugby jersey in store or online (www.lifestylesports.com) on 24th, 25th or 26th July 2015Pictured today: Ireland player Mike Ross Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan...

Mike Ross With Life Style Sports, LifeStyle Sports, Grafton Street, Dublin 23/7/2015To mark the launch of the new Ireland rugby jersey, Life Style Sports has today announced a unique jersey promotion; should the Irish rugby team become world champions on October 31st, it will refund anyone who purchases the new Ireland rugby jersey in store or online (www.lifestylesports.com) on 24th, 25th or 26th July 2015Pictured today: Ireland player Mike Ross Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan...

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Lifestyle Sports is a retailer of sports merchandise, including the new Adidas range for football giants Manchester United. Photo: PA

Pre-tax profits at the group behind Lifestyle Sports increased 9pc to €2.37m last year.

Financial accounts for the business, Stafford Holdings, and its subsidiaries show the group increased profits despite a decline in revenues of 3pc to €346.8m in the 12 months to the end of September last.

In an accompanying statement, chairman Victor Stafford said: "The performance of Lifestyle Sports in particular was very satisfactory and this business is now the largest contributor to both profit before tax and earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA)".

He said growth had continued into 2015. The figures take account of rationalisation costs of €462,000.

The family-owned Stafford group, which is based in Wexford, bought Lifestyle Sports for €60m in 2005. The group also owns Campus Oil and Stafford Fuels. The directors' report states that "all three trading businesses contributed in a material way to the group's EBITDA generated during the year".

Irish Independent