House of Stirling, the retailer's door-to-door division, reduced sales over the period by 25 per cent, although this was expected, the board said.
Gross margins improved slightly, by 0.6 per cent, because of a bad debt reduction programme.
The retailer said home shopping sales had been dented by a tough clothing and footwear environment characterised by deflationary prices and growth skewed to young shoppers. The delayed release of spring catalogues, a result of the timing of the New Year holiday, had also contributed to the unimpressive sales.
N Brown reported that its strongest sales had come from its footwear and corsetry ranges. The retailer said: 'With the benefits of our targeted cost reduction campaign, the board's expectations for the performance of the business are broadly unchanged.'