Results for the Year to January 2015

NEXT has had another good year. Sales for NEXT Directory, our online and catalogue business, increased by 12% and NEXT Retail by 5%.  Total group sales rose 7% and reached £4 billion for the first time.

Financial highlights are as follows:

  • Total sales £4,028m, up 7.2% 
  • Underlying profit before tax £782m, up 12.5%
  • Underlying earnings per share 419.8p, up 14.7% 
  • Net cash inflow £363m, before special dividends of £223m and share buybacks of £138m
  • Final ordinary dividend 100p, making 150p total for the year, up 16.3%

For 2015 two special dividends have been announced; 50p was paid in February and a further 60p will be paid in May. We will continue to return surplus cash to shareholders through either special dividends or share buybacks. 

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