LONDON — The Body Shop is slowly getting back into shape.

Net profit in the 52 weeks ended March 1 more than doubled to $21.6 million from $8.4 million thanks to a healthy rise in operating profits and a drop in exceptional costs. In addition, revenues rose 0.4 percent to $605.7 million from $603.6 million.

"It was a year of reorganization, consolidation and a dedicated focus on execution," said Adrian Bellamy, executive chairman, and Peter Saunders, chief executive, in a statement issued jointly.

Turning around The Body Shop represents an encore performance for Bellamy and Saunders, who engineered the company’s turnaround in North America. The two took over control of the troubled beauty and cosmetics business early last year.

The statement said that retail sales, the bulk of which are generated by franchises, rose 2.4 percent to $1.12 billion from $1.1 billion. The company acknowledged that the retail climate across the globe had been challenging, with consumer confidence declining throughout the year.

During the year, the company opened a total of 14 stores, bringing the number of Body Shop stores worldwide to 1,968. Of these, 571 are company owned and the remainder are franchises. This year, 71 new stores are planned.

Operating profit rose 59.8 percent to $38.6 million from $24.2 million. That increase came largely because of a drop in exceptional costs to $8.6 million from $18.3 million.

The company said it focused on the management of product life cycles and the more efficient delivery of innovative and credible products to customers. It also has reorganized and streamlined its supply chain and strengthened its inventory management.

The company said that its priority for the coming year was to focus on customer service and increasingly drive customer traffic into sales via the introduction of new products.

The company said the outlook for the year was clouded by the conflict in Iraq and the advent of the SARS virus. "Our plans for the year are conservative, with a tight control on costs, and overall, we expect to achieve a modest improvement in performance," Bellamy and Saunders said.

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