A MAJOR expansion of the Barnsley distribution centre for online fashion retailer ASOS is set to create more new jobs.

Bosses are planning to extend its Grimethorpe site by 25 per cent next year to provide the capacity it needs to meet a £1 billion sales target by 2015.

It already employs 1,000 permanent staff - 77 per cent of them from within a ten-mile radius.

The plan to expand the already-huge 530,000 sq ft site by a further 150,000 sq ft was revealed in the company's interim results this week.

Spokesman Jamie Ramsay said ASOS was on track for its £1 billion target and Barnsley would remain the 'central spine' for the company's logistics strategy.

"The expansion will be 150,000 sq ft of high based storage which could, potentially, double the stock holding at Barnsley," he said.

"In terms of employment there will be further employment - but we cannot give numbers just yet."

ASOS, which moved its main distribution centre to Barnsley in 2010 and opened its giant warehouse in mid-2011, has been growing rapidly.

Interim results show in the six months to the end of February, sales were up by 33 per cent on last year at £360m.

Subsequently its shares have more than doubled over the past year, closing on Monday at 2,988.00p - valuing the business at £2.46 billion.

Cllr Linda Burgess, said: "It's great news that ASOS continue to make capital investment in their global distribution centre at Grimethorpe.

"The growth of their UK and global markets gives confidence for longer-term job creation."