In a new trading statement, Next says the 13 weeks to 29th October saw full price sales grow by +0.4% YoY, slightly ahead of expectations.
In its Q3, online sales fell -1.9%, retail sales grew +3.1%. Interest from finance income helped turn a negative sales result into a positive overall.
The retailer is maintaining its guidance for full year profit before tax of £840m (up +2.1% YoY).
Full price sales in the last five weeks were up +1.4%, boosted by one particularly strong week at the end of September, when temperatures dropped and sales of heavier-weight products improved, says Next. The retailer still expects full price sales for the rest of the year to be down -2% YoY.