In spite of tough market conditions, Macintosh Retail Group saw its sales rise by 8.4 percent to €258.5 million in the period of this year ended last Apr. 21. In the fashion segment, sales grew by €26.2 million to €170.1 million, mainly because of the acquisition of Jones Bootmaker in the U.K. in April 2011. However, in the first three months, comparable sales in the sector went up overall because Scapino benefitted from more favorable winter conditions at the beginning of February. The other shoe formats showed mixed performance. Sales declined for comparable activities in April because of poor weather. As Jones Bootmaker's loss-making activities were included in the consolidated results of Macintosh in the first months of 2012, the group is warning about a possible negative operating result for the first half of this year. The management feels, however, that it is premature to forecast the evolution of sales and net profits for the first half or the full year.