Source - SMW
Next Group reported a 1.3% rise in third-quarter sales boosted by strong growth in its directory business.

The retailer narrowed the range of its annual earnings guidance slightly. 

It now expects a pre-tax profit of between £692m and £742m, compared to previous guidance of between £687m and £747m.

Sales at the bricks and mortar stores business in the third quarter slid 7.7%, though they jumped by 13.2% in the directory business as more customers bought their clothes online.