JD Sports Fashion said sales have marginally increased and profit margins have been maintained since its last update in September.

The group reported in September that like-for-like sales for the UK and Ireland were up 2.7% for the four weeks to August 28. It said today this figure has grown marginally in the year to November 13 to 2.8%.

The retailer said it remained “inevitably cautious” about maintaining such positive like-for-like sales performance during the Christmas period against a backdrop of successive uplifts in previous years.

A post-Christmas trading update will be announced in the first half of January.