A quote from today's trading statement
"As I have said before, the UK trading environment is more difficult than at any time in my working life, with a constant news flow of financial turmoil and redundancies. Until we are able to see some confidence in the economy return, trading will continue to be challenging. Sales in January are an improvement on the trends seen in November and December. Our gross margin remains level with last year, in line with our expectations (Lord Harris of Peckham, Chairman and Chief Executive).