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Hermes has revealed record results at its UK division, with revenue up 22% in 2011.

The parcels company says this reinforces its position as the country’s second-largest home-delivery business.

Revenue stood at €303m during 2011, up from €248m in the previous year.

Hermes says its UK arm handled more than 140 million parcels during the year, as demand for its home delivery services increased with online retail sales.

Carole Woodhead, chief executive at Hermes UK, says:  "Our UK business has made a strong contribution to these results despite the challenging economic conditions here.

"However our business continues to buck the trend as we invest in the right technology and people to meet the precise needs of retailers and their customers."

The parcel firm expanded its network during 2011 with the opening of a hub in Warrington and a depot in Gatwick, taking its total number of sites to 20.

By the end of this year, Hermes plans to roll-out around 1,000 ParcelShops to retailers, allowing customers to pick up and return parcels from a local shop.

Hermes revealed it had won a five-year deal with fashion retailer New Look last month.