Next PLC is a British clothing, footwear and homeware retailer with its headquarters in Leicester.
Founded in 1864, Next has around 750 stores, with 550 of them in the UK and Ireland, and 200 in continental Europe.
The largest clothing retailer by sales, Next employs 50,018 people, and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Next sells clothing, shoes, accessories, and a range of household and electrical goods. A number of Next Home stores dedicated to the sale of homeware also feature on numerous retail parks and in towns and cities.
The bi-annual catalogue, known as the Next Directory, highlights a strong online and mail order offering, and a the company bought youth brand Lipsy in 2008.