US-based fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch has reported net income of $237m for the 2012 financial year ended 2 February 2012.

Total sales for the year grew 8% to $4.51bn from $4.16bn in the previous year.

Sales in the US, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 1% to $3.087bn while international sales, for the fiscal increased 36% to $1.424bn.

During the period, the company opened 40 new international stores, three domestic multi-branded outlet stores and closed 47 stores in the US.

The fourth quarter sales increased 11% to $1.469bn with company sales soared 26% to $266.4m.

US sales for the quarter, including direct-to-consumer sales, rose just 1% to $976.4m, while international sales surged 34% to $492.2m.

Total comparable store sales in the fourteen weeks of the quarter decreased by 5%.

In terms of brands, comparable store sales for Abercrombie & Fitch remained while those of abercrombie kids increased 4%.

Hollister sales were down 2% when compared to Q4 in 2011.

Net income in the fourth quarter totaled $157.23m, up from net income of $45.83m in the comparable period a year ago.

The company currently operates 1,051 stores across US with a focus on casual wear for consumers aged 18 to 22.