Buoyant online sales for Next but stores lag behind
Next has reported that its autumn and pre-Christmas sales were on target after buoyant online business made up for a poor showing at its stores.
Total sales at the clothes retailer between 1 August and 24 December rose 3.1% compared with a year earlier, ignoring the effect of rising VAT.
But its High Street business, which sees some two-thirds of sales, recorded a 2.7% fall, sending Next's share price 4.3% lower in early London trading.
Richard Perks a retail analyst with research group Mintel says consumers are very picky in December and the figures from Next are pretty good.