Nichols beats expectations

Soft drinks maker Nichols, which owns the Vimto brand, said its full year figures would beat expectations, pushing its shares up in morning trading.

Soft drinks maker Nichols, which owns the Vimto brand, said its full year figures would beat expectations, pushing its shares up in morning trading.

The firm said total sales for the year ended 31st December had increased by 9% to £108m, with export sales increasing by 8%.

It expects group profit and earnings per share to be significantly ahead of 2011 and ahead of market expectations.

"Despite another year of significant cost inflation and high levels of promotional activity, we expect, as a minimum, to maintain our operating margins," said Chairman John Nichols.

"This has been achieved by a combination of good cost control and ongoing productivity improvements."

It highlighted that the UK market, as measured by A.C. Nielsen, increased in value by 3.2% for the year to 8th December 2012 with underlying volume down 0.6%.

MM

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