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Ralph Lauren returned to growth in North America in its second fiscal quarter as a strategy to intensify marketing on social media bore fruit, also helping the upscale fashion group top estimates on Tuesday.
Next issued a fairly brief trading statement on Wednesday and unlike many such releases in recent periods from UK fashion companies, it didn't contain a profit warning. But sales growth is still slowing.
UK retailers are making the most of the opportunities presented by social media, but some are doing better than others at this and a new ranking shows that Dr Martens is the top British vendor on Instagram.