Premier Retail, part of Solomon Lew's Premier Investments group, saw an earnings uptick of almost 11% in the first half of 2017, on the back of strong growth at stationer Smiggle and loungewear brand Peter Alexander.
The second half of 2016 proved to be a tough one for Laura Ashley as the firm faced a challenging backdrop leading to a profit warning Thursday. But it is upbeat and sees improvement ahead as it grows internationally.
UK interiors and homewares retailer Dunelm had a tough time of it in the first half as pre-tax profits plunged 26% on the back of a generally weak market and supply problems. But online surged and the firm is upbeat.