The retailer’s Directory was mainly responsible for the positive figure after it recorded a 7.2 per cent jump.
Total sales in shops only rose by 2.8 per cent.
The company said it was in line to top City profit forecasts – which have been estimated at £525-565m – for the full year.
However, Next urged caution in what it said would be a difficult year.
It said in a statement: "We remain very cautious in our outlook for the year ahead. Prior year comparisons become more demanding as the year progresses and we anticipate that a new Government will have to take action to tackle the budget deficit."