The firm posted a 2.7% drop in pre-tax profits to £154 million for the year to August 31 following a tough first half after January's snowstorms saw it warn over profits, while dismal spring weather dampened demand for new season ranges.
But Debenhams, which has 238 stores in 29 countries, including 156 in the UK, said it was pleased with its performance after an impressive online sales hike helped offset some of the earlier trading woes.
Like-for-like sales rose 2% overall in the year to August 31, with online revenues a star performer for the group, rising by 46.2% to £366.3 million and offsetting a 2.7% drop in comparable store sales.
Online sales accounted for 13.2% of total annual turnover, up from 9.3% the previous year, with a quarter coming via smartphones and tablet computers.
Debenhams last year set itself a target to boost online sales to £600 million within three to five years.