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Jigsaw sales rise 5.5% in February

Jigsaw said like-for-like sales rose 5.5% in February, due in part to increased concession space at John Lewis, according to reports.

Jigsaw said that sales at its eponymous business rose 5.5% during the month while its lower-priced sister brand Kew reported sales rose 14.1% a like-for-like basis, according to The Times.

The contemporary womenswear retailer said the growth was the result of strong spring 10 ranges that were well received by opinion formers in the fashion industry.

In early 2009, Jigsaw owner Robinson Webster Holdings appointed design director Tess Richards to ramp up detail and design on both collections, beginning with spring 10 product.

Jigsaw, which has recently branched out into homewares, is also understood to have secured extra business at department store group John Lewis.

Jigsaw’s February sales growth follows a tough period for the retailer, in which it closed a warehouse, made an undisclosed number of redundancies and wrote to landlords to request an easing in terms to allow it to pay rents on a monthly basis.

In its last accounts filed at Companies House, Jigsaw recorded a pre-tax loss of £3.7m on sales of £79m for the year to September 27 2008.

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