Apparel and discount variety group Miller's Retail has reported a slight upturn in trading after embarking on a restructuring programme.

Miller's reported a 0.5 per cent sales rise in the first quarter of 2005, while same-store sales during the period edged up three per cent.

Restructuring efforts within the Miller's Fashion Club, Katies, Crossroads and 1626 fashion units looked to be successful, the company said.

Chief executive Garry Perlstein said  that the company will carry on clearing inventory, shutting struggling stores and rejuvenating stock.

Miller's said last month that it aims to divest itself of nearly 20 per cent of its discount variety stores over the next year.