Discount shoe retailer The Brantano Group said its first-quarter turnover missed predictions, hurt by unseasonably cold weather and later Easter holidays.


The company, which did not publish specific figures, suggested it would struggle to make expected 2006 turnover of EUR314m (US$401.37m).


It said it was on a "catching-up drive" as well as continuing its store refurbishment programme.


Brantano aims to build on its positioning as a national British retailer by boosting turnover and gross margin percentage.


In Europe, it aims to become a leader in shoe distribution, with a single concept under the Brantano name.