Whilethiswasdownfromthe25。

3%revenuegrowthseeninthefirstquarter(13weekstoJuly29th),itwasstillwellabovethe13。

0%increaseexperiencedforthefullyeartoApril29th。

SportsRetailsalesrose16。

8%inthenine-weekperiod,PremiumLifestylerevenuesjumped43。

0%whiletheBrandsdivisiondelivered18。

9%growth。

ChiefExecutiveDaveForseysaid:Thegrouphascontinuedtodeliverstronggrowththroughthesecondquarter,especiallywithintheUKSportsRetaildivisionwheresalesandmarginsbenefitedfromtheLondonOlympicsandanexcellentbacktoschoolperiod。

Despitetheslowdowninsalesgrowth,grossprofitduringtheperiodrose21。

7%from£137。

6mto£167。

4m,betterthanthe20。

4%increaseseenintheprecedingquarter。

SincetheendofSeptembertradinghasremainedequallystrongandtheboardisthereforeconfidentofreachingthefull-yeartargetedsuperstretchunderlyingEBITDA[earningsbeforeinterest,tax,depreciationandamortisation]of£270m(beforethechargeforthebonusshareschemes),Forseysaid。

Shareshaverisensharplyinthelastfewmonths:theyweretradingat404ponTuesdayandclosetothe52-weekhigh,comparedwiththe300plevelseenbeforethecompanysfirst-quarterresultswerereleasedatthestartofSeptember。

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