Champneys holds up in downturn

Champneys, the health spa resort chain popular with stars such as Kylie Minogue and Victoria Beckham, said yesterday that its offering had proved resilient in the economic downturn despite a widespread slump in discretionary spending. Champneys said it had posted year-on-year growth of nine per cent, while pre-bookings for March and April this year have come in 14 per cent higher than for 2009. The chain last year began work on its new Marbella spa, the first resort from the group to be located outside of the UK.