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Dunelm Group plc
06 October 2016
 

 

 

6th October 2016

 

First Quarter Trading Update

 

 

Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm" or "the Group"), the UK's leading homewares retailer, reports the following trading update for the first quarter of its current financial year, comprising the 13 week period ended 1st October 2016.

 

Revenue

 

Total revenue for the first quarter fell by 1.8% to £198.7m. Total like-for-like (LFL) growth (combining LFL stores and Home Delivery) decreased by 3.8%.

 

As expected, unusually warm weather had a dampening effect on store footfall. We did however, continue to see good growth in the online business, including a 17.9% increase in home delivery sales. Overall, we believe that we are continuing to outperform the homewares market as a whole.

 


13 weeks to 1nd October 2016

13 weeks to 3rd October 2015


Sales

(£m)

YoY Growth (£m)

YoY Growth (%)

Sales

(£m)

YoY Growth (£m)

YoY Growth (%)

  LFL stores

173.9

-9.4

-5.1 %

171.8

7.2

+4.4%

  Home Delivery

13.6

+2.1

+17.9%

11.5

2.4

+25.9%

  Total LFL

187.5

-7.3

-3.8%

183.3

9.6

+5.5%

  Non-LFL stores

11.2

+3.6

-

19.0

12.1

-

  Total

198.7

-3.7

-1.8%

202.3

21.7

+12.0%

 

Gross Margin Percentage

 

Gross margin is estimated to be broadly flat when compared to the equivalent quarter last year. As yet we have not seen any material impact from adverse foreign exchange markets in relation to goods sourced directly or from third parties.

 

Store Portfolio

 

No new stores were opened in the period leaving our superstore footprint at 152 stores. We are now legally committed to ten new stores of which nine are due to open in the current financial year and four before the end of the calendar year.  The current year 15 store refit programme has also commenced with three stores due to have been completed before the end of the calendar year.

 

Financial Position

 

As at 1st October 2016, net debt was approximately £83m. Daily average net debt across the period amounted to £76.5m.

 

Commenting on Dunelm's performance, John Browett, Chief Executive, said:

 

"As expected, the homewares market has fallen due to unusually warm weather and this has correspondingly impacted our store performance over the period given the reduced footfall to our out-of-town superstores. However, we have continued to focus on our value based customer proposition and are increasing our market share in homewares, whilst also seeing good growth in our online business.

 

"We are looking forward to a stronger second quarter as we continue to invest in extra seasonal space, new till systems, store refits and new store openings. We should also benefit from weaker comparatives.

 

"We continue to focus on our key initiatives whilst ensuring we maintain our unique offer of tremendous value for money, combined with an unrivalled range and great service."

 

 

Ends

 

 

For further information please contact:

 

Dunelm Group plc

0116 2644439

John Browett, Chief Executive


Keith Down, Chief Financial Officer




MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

John Olsen/Simon Hockridge/Gina Bell  

[email protected]



 

 

Forthcoming News flow:

 

Dunelm's next scheduled trading update will be on 12th January 2017 followed by the half year preliminary results announcement on 8th February 2017.

 

 

Notes

 

1.     Like-for-like (LFL) sales represents revenues from stores trading for at least one full financial year prior to 2nd July 2016 and excludes stores with significant change of space in the current or previous financial year.

 

2.     Quarterly sales and margin analysis:

 


13 weeks to 1st October 2016


Q1

Q2

H1

Q3

Q4

H2

FY









Total sales

£198.7m















Total sales growth

-1.8%







   LFL sales growth

-3.8%















Gross margin growth*

0bps


 





 

                    *estimated

 

 


13 weeks to 3rd October 2015


Q1

Q2

H1

Q3

Q4

H2

FY









Total sales

£202.3m

£245.7m

£448.1m

£229.0m

£203.8m

£432.8m

£880.9m









Total sales growth

12.0%

8.8%

10.3%

5.9%

1.8%

3.9%

7.1%

   LFL sales growth

5.5%

3.9%

4.6%

1.1%

-0.6%

0.3%

2.5%









Gross margin growth/decline

+20bps

+30bps

+30bps

+90bps

+80bps

+90bps

+60bps

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Editors

 

Dunelm is market leader in the £11bn UK Homewares market. The Group currently operates 157 stores, of which 152 are out-of-town superstores and 5 are located on high streets, and an on-line store, to be found at www.dunelm.com.

 

Dunelm's "Simply Value for Money" customer proposition offers industry-leading choice of quality products at keen prices, with high levels of availability and supported by friendly service. Core ranges include many exclusive designs and premium brands such as Dorma and Fogarty, and are supported by a frequently changing series of special buys. The superstore format provides an average of 30,000 sq. ft. of selling space with over 20,000 products across a broad spectrum of categories, extending from the Group's home textiles heritage (bedding, curtains, cushions, quilts and pillows) to a complete Homewares offer including kitchenware and dining, lighting, wall art, furniture and rugs. Dunelm is one of the few national retailers to offer an authoritative selection of curtain fabrics on the roll, and owns a specialist UK facility dedicated to producing made-to-measure curtains.

 

Dunelm was founded in 1979 as a market stall business, selling ready-made curtains. The first shop was opened in Leicester in 1984 and over the following years the business developed into a successful chain of high street shops before expanding into broader homewares categories following the opening of the first Dunelm superstore in 1991.

Dunelm has been listed on the London Stock Exchange since October 2006 (DNLM.L) and has a current market capitalisation of approximately £1.73bn.

 


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