Sporting goods retailer JJB Sports said revenue for the 13 weeks to 27 April 2008 was 8.3% lower than the same period last year, in a retail environment described as challenging.

In a statement posted on the New York Stock Exchange, JJB said its like-for-like revenue was 5.3% lower. This consisted of a 6.5% decrease for retail stores and a 5.0% increase for health clubs.

JJB also said it has completed its programme to close 72 stores and axe 800 jobs, after reporting a 71.9% slump in annual pre-tax profit last month.

Roger Lane-Smith, non-executive chairman of JJB, said: "Whilst the retail environment remains very challenging, we have taken significant action to strengthen our store portfolio and continue to invest to improve the quality of our stores and product."