TRADING STATEMENT FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED
30 JUNE 2015
I am pleased to provide a trading update for the first six months of 2015.
- We have had a successful trading period, with total sales up 21% and like-for-like sales up 6% on last year.
- This strong performance has been driven by underlying UK sales, which were ahead of the industry average and expectations.
- The Plants, Garden Supplies and Fashion categories did particularly well.
- We are progressing well with the integration of Trelawney and Newbridge, and the redevelopment of Festival Garden Centre is underway.
- Our new website has also launched successfully.
- Chairman Simon Burke said, "We are pleased with our performance during the key gardening season and this gives us confidence in the outcome for this year."
- We expect to announce our interim results at the end of September.
- I would also like to inform you that there are 3,000 shares available to purchase at £6 each. Offers will be accepted strictly in date order up until midday on 19th August 2015. These should be in writing and addressed to: Mr Richard Hemans Company Secretary Blue Diamond Ltd. PO Box 350 St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 3XA
Group Finance Director and Company Secretary