Sports Direct International Plc has given a trading update ahead of the end of its financial year on 27 April 2008.

On the 13 March the company said that despite challenges in the retail market, it was confident it could meet market expectations of an underlying profit of £148 million.

On Thursday the company said that trading since 13 March had remained challenging, but that the board was still confident of reaching market expectations of around £148 million underlying profit.

Sports Direct said it would make a preliminary announcement of its results for the year ending 27 April 2008 on 10 July 2008.