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Domino's Pizza Group PLC
12 October 2016
 

12 October 2016

Domino's Pizza Group plc

Q3 Trading Statement

Strong trading continues

Domino's Pizza plc ("Domino's" or the "Group"), the UK's number one pizza company, issues the following scheduled trading update relating to the period from 27 June 2016 to 25 September 2016.

 

The Group continued to trade well during the quarter building on the very strong first half. The breakdown of sales performance by market is shown in the table below.

 

 

 

13 weeks to 25 September 2016

13 weeks to 27 September 2015

% change

Year to date 2016

Year to date 2015

% change

UK

System sales

LFL sales growth

£220.9m

+3.9%

£200.0m

+14.9%

+10.5%

£684.9m

+8.6%

£597.0m

+11.8%

+14.7%

ROI

System sales

LFL sales growth

€14.9m

+7.6%

€13.8m

+14.1%

+7.6%

€45.2m

+11.0%

€40.9m

+9.0%

+10.6%

Switzerland

System sales

LFL sales growth

CHF 4.8m

+0.0% *

CHF 4.1m

+5.3%

+16.7%

CHF15.0m

+7.6%

CHF12.1m

+3.6%

+23.6%

Group

System sales

£237.0m

 

£212.6m

 

+11.5%

£731.5m

£635.1m

+15.2%

* Underlying Q3 LFL for Switzerland is 7.6%, and underlying YTD LFL is 10.7%

 

Trading in the core UK business was strong, driven by continued investment in our digital platform and store opening programme. System sales in the UK increased by 10.5%, supported by the 21 new stores opened in the period, bringing the total year to date to 51. Of these, 34 were stores where the trading area was split between units.  Working with our franchisees on their store openings remains one of the key planks of our strategy, with our current total of 920 stores still leaving substantial growth capacity.

As indicated at our half year results, we are facing some very tough comparators in the second half of the year, with LFLs in Q3 2015 at 14.9% and Q3 2016 at 3.9%. Our two year LFL sales growth in Q3 was robust at 19.4%.

System sales through digital channels were strongly ahead, up 18.1% compared to Q3 last year. Over 81% of delivered sales in the year to date have been online, with 64% placed through the app or mobile website.

We continue to be encouraged by the third quarter results in Ireland where the strong LFL sales growth of 7.6% is benefitting from the increasing trend towards digital ordering and the growing economy.

In Switzerland, total sales have increased by 16.7%. This increase came despite being unable to offer carry-out due to a local licensing issue in two stores. Excluding these, we showed strong LFL sales growth of 7.6%, although with them included, LFL sales were flat. We expect this license issue to be resolved soon.

Iceland and Norway continue to perform strongly in the period with system sales growth of 17.5% and 124.8% respectively. Expansion continues with one store opened in Iceland and three new units in Norway in the year. We expect to open our first Swedish store before the end of the year.

The German JV continues to perform in line with expectations.

Outlook

The comparatives remain challenging, but the continued strong sales performance means the Board is confident our forecast full year results will be in line with market expectations.

Given the strong new store performance of the business in the third quarter, we raise our UK openings expectation from 70 to up to 80 new outlets in 2016. 

Commenting on the results, Chief Executive Officer David Wild, said:

"The business continues to trade well with a strong sales uplift across the Group during the period.  As highlighted at our interim results in July, we face tough comparatives in the second half of the year, but our continued investment in e-commerce, our international expansion and the launch of our new Italiano range taking us to new customers, will help to drive performance for the remainder of the year.  Our new store programme provides a strong platform for future growth.

"On 10th October we welcomed to the group Rachel Osborne as an executive director and Chief Financial Officer of the Company.

"We shall provide a more detailed update on our long term plans at our Capital Markets Day in London on 24th November 2016."

 

For further information, please contact:

Domino's Pizza Group plc:

David Wild, Chief Executive Officer

020 7379 5151

 

Maitland:

James Devas, Robbie Hynes

020 7379 5151

 

Conference Call

There will be a conference call for investors and sell-side analysts at 8.30am today. The participant dial-in is +44 (0)203 043 2002. The PIN is 6802111#. A recording of the call will also be available afterwards at http://corporate.dominos.co.uk/


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