Blacks Leisure, the clothing retailer, has reported a fall in sales and plans further closures for its boardwear division.

Its sales figures were brought down by poor trading across its boardwear division while outdoor clothing fared better.

In the 18 weeks to the 3 January, like for like sales for the combined group were -3.9% with the outdoor business performing better at -0.5% and boardwear at -19.2%.

Like for like sales for the six weeks to 3 January were -3.9%.

Blacks plans to reduce its boardwear business and it has transferred the O'Neill wholesale business to O'Neill Europe, a subsidiary of Logo International.

It is converting 10 FreeSpirit stores, which is more than a quarter of the property estate, into outdoor stores such as Blacks and Millets.

It said Millets now trades from 258 stores and Blacks Outdoor from 110 stores. In Boardwear, Freespirit now operates from 41 stores (two of which are Mambo and two Animal) and it still has 12 O'Neill stores.