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Strong Start To The Year From Howdens

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Howden Joinery Group Plc (“Howdens” or “the Group”), the UK’s largest trade kitchen supplier, today announces a trading update for the first four periods of 2022 (16 weeks to 16 April 2022).

Current Trading

Howden Joinery UK increased revenue by 21.8% overall and by 20.1% on a same depot basis(1), compared to the equivalent periods last year. Revenue growth reflected both increases in prices and volume. On a local currency basis, depot revenue in Continental Europe increased by 21.8% and by 24.2%(2) on a same depot basis, compared to the equivalent periods last year.

Commenting on Howdens’ current trading Andrew Livingston, Chief Executive said:

“The Group has traded well in the first four periods of 2022 and we continue to invest in our in-stock, trade only, local business model. We are mindful that it is still early in the financial year and our second half includes our all-important peak trading period. In addition, given an uncertain macro-economic environment, including rising inflation and energy costs we are staying vigilant for any potential headwinds in our markets. However, we remain confident in our business model and with the strong start to the year, the Group remains on track with its outlook for 2022.”

Business developments

We are continuing to invest in our strategic initiatives. We plan to open around 25 new depots in the UK, 25 in France and 5 in the Republic of Ireland during 2022, in addition to refurbishing around 70 older UK depots. To date, two new UK depots and one new French depot have been opened and 17 older UK depots have been refurbished.

We are making good progress with new product introductions for 2022, including 20 new kitchens, and ongoing investment in expanding our manufacturing and supply chain capabilities. This includes the rollout of the regional cross-docking facilities (XDC) and warehousing capacity to support high levels of stock availability. Digital investments continue to support our customers and improve productivity.

Share buy back

To date, we have completed about £60 million of the £250 million share buy back programme announced on 24 February 2022.

The Group will release its Half Year results on 21 July 2022.

1 same depot basis for any year excludes depots opened in that year and the prior year.
2 excludes 5 French depots which were closed early in 2022.

Source : Howdens 

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28 April 2022

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