Sales at stores open more than a year declined two per cent. However, this was a marked improvement on the four per cent fall reported in the first half.
Travel sales, which includes outlets at airports, hospitals and train stations, were up four per cent while like-for-like sales were flat.
The retailer has been snapping up new contracts to airport stores in new markets including
Its high street stores at home recorded a four per cent decline in total and like-for-like sales, although this was slightly improved on the six per cent underlying sales decline reported in the first half.
"This is the first time for a very long time that the high street has beaten expectations," Investec analysts said.
The group insisted that its gross margins "continue to increase and cost savings have been delivered in line with plan".
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