Source - SMW
Halfords Group has maintained its full year guidance after group revenues rose by 4.8% in the 20 weeks to 19 August.

The group reports strong service-related sales growth of 13.9% and robust motoring sales against strong comparatives.

 Car maintenance growth was driven by bulbs, blades and batteries and new motorcycle ranges.

 In Car Enhancement, dash cam sales growth remains strong, but was offset by the continuing decline in sat nav sales

Total cycling sales across the Group grew by 11%, reflecting Cycle Republic store openings and the addition of Tredz, which continued to perform well since acquisition. Improved parts, accessories and clothing ('PACs') performance with Group sales up 6%/

Chief executive Jill McDonald said: "I am pleased to report a solid year-to-date trading performance, with Group sales up 4.8% and service-related sales in double-digit growth as we continue to strengthen Halfords' position as the first choice for customers' journeys. 

"Motoring sales were robust, driven by car and motorcycle parts, roof boxes and child seats. Good growth in Cycling sales during the peak summer period was supported by new ranges, strong promotional activity, good weather and the success of Halfords' Olympic cycling heroes. 

"We continue to make good progress on our strategic initiatives; we can now match 25% of our Retail sales to specific customers compared to only 3% last year and in recent weeks we have successfully piloted contactless payments and also launched the new Cycle Republic website."  

At 8:19am: (LON:HFD) Halfords Group PLC share price was +7.5p at 379.5p