Retailer Next Plans Chinese Website, Independent on Sunday Says

Next Plc (NXT) is planning a Chinese- language website to bolster its rising online sales of clothing and household goods, the Independent on Sunday reported, without saying where it got the information.

Next, which delivers to 57 countries and has websites in Russian and German, is forecast to report a decline of 3 percent in store sales compared with an 12 percent rise in the online and catalog business for the first half of the year, the the newspaper said, citing unnamed analysts at Investec Plc. (INVP)

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net

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