Promotions help N Brown grow

N Brown, the British internet and catalogue home shopping firm, returned to sales growth in the run-up to Christmas, though to achieve this it had to step up promotions. The Manchester based company, which targets mature and larger customers, said yesterday its revenues increased by 2.3 per cent in the 19 weeks to 7 January, with like-for-like revenue, excluding sales from new stores, gaining two per cent. That compares with a like-for-like sales fall of 1.5 per cent in the six weeks to 8 October.