John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of UK retailing, posted a 6.6 percent rise in weekly department store sales, helped by a weak figure the same time last year and demand for its new "Value" range.
British retailer Marks & Spencer is expected to report, at best, a slight improvement in its sales trend during its second quarter, as the debate over the successor to executive chairman Stuart Rose rumbles on.
Struggling British sportswear retailer JJB Sports warned investors not to expect any improvement in its performance until 2010/11 as it posted wider first-half losses, sending its shares up to 14.5 percent lower.
John Lewis, the employee-owned group seen as a barometer of British retailing, posted a 20 percent fall in first-half profit and said although its second-half had started well it expected a tough 2010.
Swedish fashion giant Hennes & Mauritz, the world's No.3 clothing retailer, said that it aims to raise its Greater China store count by nearly 30 percent by year end as part of a broader push into Asia.
Tight management of costs and stocks and better than expected summer sales helped two of Europe's top fashion retailers beat first-half profit forecasts, although there was some caution about the trading outlook.
The country's second-largest clothing retailer Next is simply being realistic in predicting that its underlying sales will deteriorate further in the next few months, despite an improving economic backdrop.