The John David Group is launching its footwear chain Size? in the Republic of Ireland, as it plans to double the chain to 35 stores. A Size? shop will open on Grafton Street in Dublin next month, along with a UK shop in Sheffield, bringing the total to 15. The group reported a 17.3 per cent drop in fashion sales for the nine weeks to October 1 and a 6.8 per cent drop in the sports division. Group turnover at the sportswear and young fashion group fell just over 1 per cent to £209.6m for the 26 weeks to July 2005.