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Like-for-like sales down 8.1% at Bonmarché

 Store like-for-like sales at womenswear retailer Bonmarché were down 8.1% in the first quarter of 2016, due to “challenging” trading conditions created by the washout summer.



However, the company said it would not be adjusting its expectations for the year as it expects trade to pick up for autumn 16.

Chief executive Beth Butterwick, who is leaving the company next month to take the helm at Karen Millen, said: “Sales were down 3.6% in a challenging quarter, due to a lack of strong demand across our high summer clothing categories.

We continue to focus on creating a more modern experience for our customers through the execution of our five strategic pillars for growth: brand development and customer acquisition, product development, channels to market, systems and processes, and people and culture. Our expectation for the full year remains unchanged, on the assumption that trading conditions normalise through the autumn season.”

Butterwick will be replaced by new chief executive Helen Connolly on August 15.

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