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Sales momentum continues at New Look
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Jan '13
For the 14 week period to December 29th 2012, ex VAT sales for the Group were +4.5% and for the UK were +4.0% and +3.7% LFL. Additionally gross margin was significantly ahead of last year as a result of tight management of stock, and lower markdown and promotional activity.

Alistair McGeorge, Chairman, said: “I am delighted that we have seen continued momentum in New Look’s performance. The Group has delivered an excellent result in a challenging trading environment, and this performance is a testament to the success of our recovery programme and the strength of our brand. Once again customers have been tactical in their shopping through December, delaying spending until later in the month and searching out best value, which New Look was well equipped to deliver. Additionally, our online sales have been very strong, up over 50% on last year.

“Looking ahead we expect the economic outlook to remain challenging, however, we are confident in our ability to maintain the positive momentum being generated from the improved value of our ranges, our store refurbishment program and continued growth of our online offer.”

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Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of approximately €20 billion. The Permira funds specialise in investing in five key sectors: Consumer, Financial Services, Healthcare, Industrials and Technology Media Telecoms. Since 1985 the Permira funds have made nearly 200 private equity investments with a focus on driving transformation to build better businesses.

Tom Singh

Tom founded New Look in 1969 with a single store. As well as running the BMD department at New Look, Tom is the Chairman of TIE in the UK, a founder member of the Social Investment Task Force and is active as a philanthropist. The family's charitable activities include eye care and education in India. The family is also a key investor and venture partner in a UK based Cleantech Fund.

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