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Decline In Q1 Sales At Topps Tiles

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Topps Tiles Plc (“Topps Group”, or the “Group”), the UK's leading tile specialist, announces a trading update for the 13-week period ended 30 December 2023.

As reported in the 2023 full year results, trading in the first quarter reflected the ongoing challenges to discretionary consumer spending, particularly those impacting on businesses serving the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (“RMI”) sector.  Group sales in the 13 weeks ended 30 December were 4.0% lower year on year. 

Like-for-like sales in Topps Tiles were down 7.1% in the first quarter, continuing the trend seen in the first eight weeks, with sales to trade customers proving more resilient than sales to homeowners.  Trading remains strong in Online Pure Play, with significant year on year sales growth, led by Pro Tiler Tools.  Our Parkside commercial business is performing in line with our expectations and is profitable in the year to date. 

The Group’s cost base remains well controlled, despite ongoing inflationary pressures, and cash flow remains strong.

As disclosed in the 2023 full year results, based on a number of factors including the timing of the holiday pay accrual, higher energy usage in H1 and trading in the first part of the year, we expect the Group’s profits in 2024 to be weighted towards the second half. 

The Group remains well-positioned to respond to market conditions and we expect to have gained further market share in the first quarter, driven by our world-class customer service, market-leading brands and specialist expertise, and supported by our strong balance sheet.  We remain excited about the opportunities for Topps Group over the medium term.

Source : Topps Tiles

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03 January 2024

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