The companys full-year loss before tax and exceptional items is expected to be around GBP4.7m

The company's full-year loss before tax and exceptional items is expected to be around GBP4.7m

French Connection expects its full-year loss to be lower than last year, after the UK fashion retailer posted better-than-expected Christmas sales.

In a trading update, the company said UK/Europe retail sales and margin were both better than expected in December through January. The UK wholesale forward order book is strong, it added, and shipments have been ahead of last year.

Trading across the rest of the group's activities was broadly in-line with previous expectations.

French Connection expects loss before tax and exceptional items to be in the region of GBP4.7m (US$7.7m) for the full year, down on the prior year's GBP7.2m loss.