FTSE CLOSE: Unemployment if again with record 32.7m now in work; JD sports beefs up sales and profits; Card Factory stumbles as footfall drops off

  • JD Sports said sales rose nearly 50% last year, while profits jumped 15%
  • Card factory's bottom line was dented by higher costs and lower footfall

The FTSE 100 closed up 33.05 points at 7469.92 and the pound was $ 1.30 against the dollar.

The ever popular JD Sports, which is set to acquire Footasylum, said today that its sales rocketed nearly 50 per cent last year.

Having less success on the high street however is cut-price greetings card retailer Card Factory, where profits are slipped 8 per cent last year amid higher costs and lower footfall.