Simply Be and Jacamo powered sales at N Brown Group this Christmas, with like-for-likes at the value retailing business up 7.2% in the six weeks to January 11.
Over the 19 weeks to the same date, total group revenue rose 5.2%, with like-for-likes up 5.1%.
The business said its men’s plus size business Jacamo had seen “excellent” growth, with a good performance at Simply Be. However it said growth in womenswear slowed in October and early November as a result of the weather, although Christmas saw a stronger performance.
The rate of gross margin was “a little below our expectations due to markdown activity”, which has delivered a clean stock position coming into 2014.
Full year forecasts remain in line with expectations.
Chief executive Angela Spindler said: “N Brown has continued to deliver robust, reliable growth whilst stepping up investment in our multi-channel, international future. Having been with the business now for six months, I am even more convinced of its substantial long-term growth potential.
“We are applying the group’s unique skills in larger size fashion through a range of increasingly distinctive, relevant, contemporary brands across a broader base of customers and channels. We are only at the start of grasping this opportunity.”