Key financial information

Results for the Year ended January 2016*

NEXT Brand full price sales were up +3.9%, underlying profit before tax was up +5.0% and underlying Earnings per Share (EPS) were up +5.4%.  Full price sales were slightly ahead of the central guidance (of +3.5%) we issued in March last year.  Profits advanced more than sales, mainly as a result of better bought-in gross margins in the first half.

We are proposing a final ordinary dividend of 105p, making 158p in total for the year, up +5.3%.  During the year we also paid a further 230p of special dividends.

Financial highlights for the year are as follows:

  •       Total Group sales £4,150m, up +3.0%
  •       Profit before tax £821m, up +5.0%
  •       Underlying EPS 442.5p, up +5.4%
  •       Final ordinary dividend 105p, making 158p for the year, up +5.3%

*Sales, profits and EPS figures are all stated on a 52 week versus 52 week basis; this year was in fact 53 weeks.

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