Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Next - Half-Year Trading Update

Just a quick update for this FTSE 100 retailer which was added to my portfolio in October 2013.

They have today issued a  trading statement covering the first 6m of the year (link via Investegate).

Sales were up 3.3% which is slightly ahead of the guidance given in March of between 0% - 3%. Directory sales increased by 7.5%. As a result, the revised upper end guidance for profits has been lifted from 6.7% to 8.0%.

The share price has seen a strong performance since the start of the year increasing 13% from £68.20 to £77 today. The company are expecting to provide a total return for shareholders of 13.4% over the full 12 months.

The company have announced a further special dividend of 60p to be paid in November.

I am happy with progress so far. More on this following the interim results scheduled for 10th September.

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