Next profit up 15pc

Next has seen pre-tax profit for the first half rise 15 per cent to £213m.

Sales across the group were up five per cent while the interim dividend was hiked by 6p to 25p.

Meanwhile earnings per share rose 24 per cent., in the six months to 31 July.

Next ended the period with net debt of £494m

Shares in Next have increased by 22 per cent over the last year.