Conflicting fortunes Thursday (September 17) for UK retailers.
Clothing chain Next raised its profit outlook for the second time in two months.
That after it eked out a first-half profit of 9 million pounds, or about about 11.6 million dollars.
The group said recent trading saw full-price sales up 4% on last year.
It said it was helped by consumers taking fewer overseas holidays.
After returns to profit this week for H&M and Zara-owner Inditex, the numbers add to signs of a rebound for clothing stores.
Times seem to be tougher at general retailer John Lewis.
The partnership on Thursday reported a first-half loss of 71 million dollars.
Earnings were hit by stores closures and big spending on low-margin products like toilet paper.
John Lewis says the hit to trading from health worries has put it in the same position it was in after World War Two.
As a result it says it will be unable to pay its usual bonus to staff.
The firm says its worst-case scenario for the full year set out in April remains valid.
That foresees a 35% drop in sales at John Lewis department stores, and 5% at Waitrose, its high-end supermarket chain.