Advertisement

Dunelm eyes first half profit rise

Homewares retailer Dunelm said it expects to post half year profit before tax in the range of 59m-60m pounds as it cautioned that sales growth in like for like stores will become much harder to achieve in the remainder of the current financial year.

Homewares retailer Dunelm said it expects to post half year profit before tax in the range of 59m-60m pounds as it cautioned that sales growth in like for like stores will become much harder to achieve in the remainder of the current financial year.

The bedding, curtains and blinds retailer said total sales for the 26 week period to December 29th 2012 rose to £340.1m from £299.9m the year before. Like for like sales for the half-year increased by 2.2%.

Advertisement - Article continues below

Gross margin for the half year is expected to improve by 30 basis points compared with the prior year.

Commenting on Dunelm's performance Chief Executive Nick Wharton said: "Dunelm has delivered another strong trading performance in the last half year, continuing to gain market share on a like for like basis, while strengthening its customer proposition and adding 10 new superstores."

"As we annualise our exceptionally strong comparative performance in the final quarter of last financial year, we anticipate that sales growth in like for like stores will become much harder to achieve in the remainder of the current financial year."

"Nevertheless, with a significant new store growth opportunity and an exciting multi-channel agenda in place, the Board remains confident in the longer term growth prospects for the business."

CJ

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/investments/investment-strategy/601044/broker-safety-your-questions-answered
Investment strategy

Broker safety – your questions answered

Cris Sholto Heaton answers more of your questions about the safety of stockbroker accounts
25 Mar 2020
Visit/investments/investment-strategy/600861/how-demographics-affects-stock-valuations
Investment strategy

How demographics affects stock valuations

New research suggests that stock and bond valuations are driven by the age of the population – at least in the US.
24 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/stocks-and-shares/600863/sirius-minerals-anglo-american-takeover
Stocks and shares

Do you own shares in Sirius Minerals? Here’s what you need to do now

Mining giant Anglo American has proposed a cash takeover of Yorkshire-based minnow Sirius Minerals. Unhappy shareholders must decide whether to accept…
20 Feb 2020
Visit/investments/stockmarkets/600634/why-investors-should-be-cautiously-bullish-for-2020
Stockmarkets

Why investors should be “cautiously bullish” for 2020

Analysts have been out in force making rosy predictions for stockmarkets in 2020, but while there is certainly a case for optimism, investors should r…
17 Jan 2020

Most Popular

Visit/investments/property/601606/house-prices-crash-uk-property-prices-falling-where-next
Property

House price crash: UK property prices are falling – so where next?

With UK property prices falling for the first time in eight years, are we about to see a house price crash? John Stepek looks at what’s behind the sli…
2 Jul 2020
Visit/economy/inflation/601584/the-end-of-the-bond-bull-market-and-the-return-of-inflation
Inflation

The end of the bond bull market and the return of inflation

Central bank stimulus, surging post-lockdown demand and the end of the 40-year bond bull market. It all points to inflation, says John Stepek. Here’s …
30 Jun 2020
Visit/investments/stockmarkets/601611/nasdaq-all-time-high-markets-and-the-real-economy
Stockmarkets

How can markets hit new record highs when the economy is in such a mess?

Despite the world being in the midst of a global pandemic, America's Nasdaq stock index just hit an all-time high. And it's not the only index on a bu…
3 Jul 2020