REPORT_ For the third quarter French Connection revenue increased by 2.1 percent on a like-for-like basis. UK/Europe wholesale revenue was in line with the same period last year representing an improvement on the downward trend seen over recent seasons. The order book for spring 2014 was slightly ahead of this time last year. Trading in the rest of the group operations and in brand licensing was in line with expectations.
The group is encouraged by the reaction to its autumn 2013 range, the first season collection from its new design team. It has also seen a growing impact from the operational improvements that have been implemented. While the group continues to make good progress the full year results will be dependent upon the performance over the key Christmas trading period.