WHS trading "in line"

<p>W H Smith has said it is trading &quot;in line with market expectations&quot;, having recorded a decline in group sales of 1% on last year for the period from 1st September to 7th November 2009.</p><p>W H Smith High Street was the division worst hit, with sales down 4%, while W H Smith Travel dropped 2%. However the retailer said both these drops were expected.</p><p>&quot;We continue to focus on delivering our strategy to rebalance the mix of our business towards our core categories,&quot; the company statement said. &quot;Whilst we remain cautious about the consumer environment and anticipate competitive trading in our markets over the key Christmas period, we have planned accordingly.&quot;</p><p>Regarding the Travel division, the statement added: &quot;Although passenger numbers in air remain soft, we are well placed to benefit when passenger numbers recover.&quot; </p>