Turnover at Ann Summers Ireland has returned to profit after a troublesome 2014.

The retailer, which operates four stores in Ireland, rang up a profit of €149,269 (£118,831) for the 12 months to the end of June 2015 compared to a €29,755 (£23,687) pre-tax loss in 2014, new accounts show.

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Net assets at the end of June totalled €3.6m, while revenues remained flat at €2.4m, reports the Irish Times.

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Ann Summers Ireland (Retail) Limited began 17 years ago in Dublin, when its first store opened O’Connell Street despite widespread protests against it.

At the time, the level of anger being such that chief executive Jacqueline Gold received a bullet in the post.

Ann Summers subsequently won its court battle to remain open in its current location and the Dublin branch is now a top-three performing store at the company.

A fifth store is set to open opposite the Ilac Centre on Henry Street in Dublin city centre. This is expected to produce double its O’Connell Street shop turnover due to heavier pedestrian traffic.

Ann Summers Ireland also has stores in Limerick and Cork.