Booker, the British wholesaler that has agreed a $4.8 billion (3.7 billion pounds) takeover by Tesco, said it still expected the deal to complete by early 2018 at the latest as it reported a 15% rise in annual profit.
Womenswear was key for N Brown in the latest year with online outperforming and H2 seeing sales accelerating. But with the market staying tough and profits falling, a new link with Tesco could be just what it needs.
Britain's biggest retailer Tesco is in advanced talks with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) over a plea deal that would involve it paying a large fine over its 2014 profit overstatement, Sky news said on Saturday.
Google apologised on Monday for allowing ads to appear alongside offensive videos on YouTube as more high-profile firms such as Marks & Spencer and HSBC pulled advertising for British markets from Google sites.
British retailers, food producers and consumer goods makers are cutting back on advertising to direct their firepower instead at lowering prices in the face of rising inflation, hitting the income of media groups.