French Connection reports strong sales

The French Connection Group said strong sales of its winter collection have put it on track to meet full-year market expectations.

The high-street chain rose 0.2 per cent in the 16 weeks to 21 November, compared to a 6.1 per cent decrease last year.

Stephen Marks, French Connection’s chief executive, said the performance had “improved considerably compared to the first half of the year”.

The brand has 390 branded stores worldwide (including franchises) and revealed it would be closing seven non-contributing stores in the UK and the US before the end of January 2016.

In March 2016, it will leave its Regent Street flagship store in London, as reported by The Independent.