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JD Sports to increase its staff due to Bangor store

By John Mulgrew

A new JD Sports store in Co Down is creating 10 jobs.

JD Sports is relocating its Bangor base to Bloomfield shopping centre, and will grow its workforce.

"The new JD will bring jobs from the old JD Bangor store, and will create 10 additional jobs," the firm said.

"The store will also create additional jobs in the lead up to the Christmas period."

It's due to open its doors on Saturday.

Bloomfield itself was sold for £54.5m to London investment firm Ellandi and Tristan Capital Partners in 2015.

Earlier this month, JD Sports, which has around 16 stores here, hailed another record set of results and upped its earnings outlook for the full year after robust sales.

The group cheered an "exceptional first half" after it saw pre-tax profits leap a third higher to £102.7m in the six months to July 29. It added that full-year profits were set to come in towards the upper end of market expectations, which are currently in the range of £268m to £290m.

Executive chairman Peter Cowgill said strong sales across the company's core UK and Ireland stores underpinned the half-year profits leap, but he also hailed progress on expanding internationally.

"This is another pleasing result demonstrating the strength of our highly differentiated multichannel proposition," he said.

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