Fashion retailer, Alexon, is to expand its Minuet brand, after recording a five per cent rise in second-half like-for-like sales across the group.

Alexon said in a statement that sales of its new season spring/summer merchandise were encouraging across all six brands with the strongest performances coming from Ann Harvey and Minuet.

Now it has revealed that it is intending to capitalise on the success of the Minuet brand by opening a further 20 outlets during the next 12 months. Minuet ended the year with 41 outlets.

Alexon chief executive, John Osborn, said: "Ann Harvey showed a modest improvement on what had been a disappointing first half and Minuet, which is on a steep learning curve, made strong progress."

The brand is described as "a timeless range of clothing for today's modern woman of 5'4 and under in sizes 8 -16.

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