Veteran retailer Gerry Harvey has dismissed concerns about consumer sentiment, saying the strongest sales growth in Harvey Norman's stores for more than seven years is proof that shoppers are confident and willing to spend.

In a move that augers well for the retail sector this year, same-store sales in Harvey Norman's Australian stores jumped 7.1 per cent in the September
quarter – the strongest growth since the global financial crisis – lifting pre-tax earnings by 27.8 per cent to $91.8 million. 

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