Jacques Vert’s like-for-like sales rose 3.6% for the first 22 weeks of its financial year.

The womenswear group, which includes the Jacques Vert, Windsmoor, Planet and Precis chains, said that gross margin over the period was in line with expectations, but slightly lower than last year which reflected higher input prices.

In a statement ahead of the Jacques Vert’s AGM today, chairman Steve Bodger said: “The new autumn 2010 season collectons have been positively received by our customers.

“However, it is still early in the season and we retain our cautious outlook for the remainder of this financial year in view of the prevailing economic climate.”