The firm said its markdown sales were 12.3% lower than last year attributing to “lower footfall” in retail stores and “capacity constraints” in the online warehouses.
Cash flow forecast increased by £25m, as a result of the £30m “acceleration” in warehouse capital expenditures.
However, Next reported that this was partially offset by its online sales continuing to be strong with a 23.1% increase in both the UK and overseas.
Financial interest income reportedly fell 13% in Q3 due to “low customer balances”, which were also down 16% from the previous year. Next said its lower balances were a result of “much lower credit sales” during the lockdown periods.
Monthly customer payments in the third quarter were reported at 14.8%, which showed a “material increase” on the same measure last year which was 12.5%.
Home and childrens-wear purchases “remained strong” while the demand for men’s and women’s formal and occasion clothing struggled.
The company said it anticipates its profit before tax to be £365m and to see its year end net debt fall £487m to £625m.
“A two week lockdown in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland in November would reduce Retail full price sales by around £57m3 (depending on timing), representing 17% of Retail full price sales and 6% of the Group’s full price sales in the quarter.”