Like-for-likes at the group’s Freespirit and O’Neill chains plummeted 15.5%. At outdoor chains Blacks and Millets, like-for-likes were down 2.2%, against strong comparatives.
However, the peak camping season has seen like-for-like sales up 6.1% for the whole group.
Chief executive Neil Gillis said: “The boardsports division is more susceptible to a downturn than the outdoor chains as it’s branded and fashion product, but it accounts for less than 10% of total sales.
“I want to ride out the downturn and push boardsports when the economic climate is better.”