Mountain Warehouse sees 18% jump in half-year profits to £4.7m The outdoor goods retailer reported a 19.3% rise in overall sales in the six months to 27th August, with international sales up 50.3%. The business plans to enter the Netherlands and Czech Republic with bricks-and-mortar stores early next year. Read more.

Asda reports sales rise for second consecutive quarter The Walmart-owned retailer said like-for-like sales rose by 1.1% in the third quarter of the year. Walmart's president and CEO Doug McMillon said Asda's "improvements in store experience and price investments are increasing store basket sizes". Read more.

Christmas spending forecast to rise almost 2% UK consumers will on average spend £544 each this Christmas and do most of their shopping this month, research by Deloitte has found. The forecast represents a 1.8% increase on last year. Read more.

Holland & Barrett plans European expansion drive The health & wellness retailer has appointed Colliers to find five to 10 shops per year in Belgium and 25 in the Netherlands. It comes after the business acquired Swedish retailer Hälsa För Alla and its 12 stores across Stockholm. Read more.

Card Factory reports 6.7% sales rise The business posted the sales increase for the nine months to 31st October and said its "strong first-half sales performance" had continued into the third quarter. However the business pointed to pressures such as the impact of the low value of the pound. Read more.

GAME targets growth in events and esports Chief executive Martyn Gibbs confirmed plans to invest further in esports, with the gaming retailer now having opened 18 of its BELONG esports venues. The firm posted a pre-tax loss of £10.0m for the 52 weeks to 29th July. Read more.