Country Road yesterday became the second major retailer in as many days to blame patchy market conditions for a set of disappointing figures as it revealed an almost 86 per cent slump in interim profit. The Melbourne-based retailer announced a net profit for the six months to December 31 of just $157,000, down 85.6 per cent on the previous corresponding half's A$1.09m result. It has also downgraded its full year forecast after warning that difficult trading conditions were likely to continue for at least six months. No interim dividend was declared.