NEXT plc (NXT.L) is a retail chain that provides fashion clothing, footwear, and accessories for women, men and children. Launched in 1982, it also offers home products and furniture. NEXT operates via three segments. NEXT Retail distributes fashion products through 500 stores in the UK and Ireland. NEXT International Retail accounts for global distribution via approximately 200 franchised stores. NEXT Directory is an online shopping division with more than 4 million customers in the UK and from 70 countries worldwide. NEXT plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is featured in the FTSE 100 Index.