Source - SMW
JD Sports Fashion said the the positive levels of performance announced in its interim results continued through the second half, including the key Christmas period.

It said like-for-like store sales in the second half to date across the group's combined Sports and Outdoor fascias, including those in Europe, had been maintained at approximately 3% with additional sales growth arising from both material growth in online trade and continuing overseas space expansion. 

The group said the performance was particularly encouraging when considered against the challenging comparatives provided by the significant levels of sales increases achieved in each of the last three years.

The group said it was  now confident that headline group profit before tax for the year ended 3 Feb would reach around £300m. 

Prior to this announcement the range of market expectations was £270m to £295m. 

Executive chairman Peter Cowgill said: 'I am delighted to report that we have maintained our positive performance from the first half of the year which continues to demonstrate the capability and strength of our highly differentiated multichannel proposition.

'On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank all our colleagues for their significant contribution in delivering this excellent performance.'