Analysis: What do Next’s golden quarter scenarios mean for retail?

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As the golden quarter gets underway, Next has revised its potential sales scenarios in the coming weeks based on expected consumer behaviour and possible new government rules that could further impact how people live and shop.

Crystal ball-gazing, hard at the best of times, is even more difficult at present, and Next chief executive Lord Wolfson points out that it is impossible to be exact in such an uncertain climate.

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