Dobbies announces rise in sales

Growth continues for Dobbies as more stores planned.

Dobbies has reported a 12.6 per cent rise in like-for-like sales in the 25 weeks from 1 November, reflecting strong Christmas growth and an early start to the spring season. Total sales were up 38.8 per cent, helped by the addition of stores in Cirencester, Milton Keynes and Reading in the past 12 months. Chairman Alex Hammond Chambers said the company was making “solid progress” in delivering its “pipeline” of new stores. A 4,500sq m store in Dunfermline was due to open this week, and a second, a 9,100sq m store in Sheffield, remains on track for a September opening. The firm also recently bought a greenfield site in York, on which it hopes to open a store on in 2008, along with an outlet in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, which is waiting for planning permission. Those stores were significant steps “towards fulfilling our strategy of building our business around destination garden centres”, he said.

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