N Brown hails strong start to year

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THE catalogue and online fashion firm behind brands such as Figleaves, Jacamo and Simply Be thanked the sunnier summer weather for getting womenswear sales back on track yesterday as revenues growth gathered pace.

N Brown hailed a “good start to the year” after like-for-like sales rose 7.8 per cent in its quarter to 29 June, building on the 6.1 per cent seen in the first ten weeks of its financial year.

New boss Angela Spindler – the former managing director of Debenhams, who joined this week from discount chain The Original Factory Shop – takes the reins as N Brown benefits from a customer recruitment drive.

The group, which is also home to the High & Mighty brand, said its push to gain new customers had gone “according to plan”, with spending remaining at last year’s increased rate.

Ladieswear recovered after a poor start to the year following the cold early spring weather, while menswear and footwear continued to see strong sales growth.