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Mixed bag of results for JD Sports

While sales of trainers and tracksuits at JD Sports are sprinting along, the group's camping and other clothing stores have not quite broken out into a jog so far this year.

"Robust", was the City verdict on business at JD's eponymous stores, where sales rose 7 per cent during the 18 weeks to 8 June. But Bank and Scotts, JD offshoots that sell brands such as Superdry, Pauls Boutique and Lipsy, suffered a 5 per cent decline in sales in that same period. Its outdoor stores, Millets and Blacks, will make "a substantial but significantly reduced loss" for the year.