Christmas sales surge boosts Next.
Sales for the 22 weeks from 26 July to Christmas Eve jumped 4.6 per cent at Next Retail and by 3.2 per cent on a like for like basis, including direct sales, and by 1.6 per cent excluding them. Next Directory upped sales by 6.8%.
The group now predicts profits for the year to 31 January 2010 to be between £490m and £500m, better than the £472m it forecast in November. It includes about £7m of additional profit due to the year being 53 weeks.
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