Today Premier Retail announced a positive trading update for their 1H17 that ended on 28 January 2017 reflecting total sales growth in excess of 7% and underlying EBIT growth in the range of 9.4% to 10.6% when compared to the 26 weeks in the prior comparative period. This is a decent scorecard and reflects just how bifurcated the market is with several high-profile specialty retailers such as Marcs, David Lawrence, Herringbone, Rhodes & Beckett, Payless Shoes and Pumpkin Patch going into voluntary administration in recent weeks.