Online sales boost retailer Next

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Next has lifted its profit hopes as new stores and strong online sales gave the retail giant shelter from the stormy climate on the high street.

The fashion and homewares chain, which has around 540 stores, saw total sales rise 4.5% in the 26 weeks to July 28 as outlet sales edged 0.2% ahead and online Next Directory rose 13.3%.