LONDON — A rise in online sales, the expansion of its selling space and lower levels of markdowns all helped net profits at British retailer Next plc rise 8.8 percent in the year to January to 553.2 million pounds, or $867.9 million, from 508.6 million pounds, or $797.9 million, in the previous 12-month period.
Excluding 2013 exceptional items, net profits gained 16.9 percent.
Alberta Ferretti's "Rainbow Week" sweaters are back. The designer closed her #MFW show with a few day-of-the-week sweaters, which first debuted on the catwalk last January as part of the pre-fall 2017 collection. #wwdfashion (📷: @delphineachard)