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Wickes Raises Profit Guidance after Strong Start to Q4

Wickes Farnborough

Wickes Group plc, the home improvement retailer, today provides a trading update and raises FY2021 adjusted PBT* guidance to no less than £83m.

Wickes has continued to perform well in the fourth quarter to date, benefitting from our balanced business model, with sales in line with expectations. Delivered sales in Do It For Me (DIFM) are strengthening as we work through an elevated order pipeline. Additionally, we continue to expect a higher carry over order book in DIFM, supported by continued strong sales which will benefit the first half of FY2022. As expected, Core sales are lower year-on-year against tough comparatives, remaining materially ahead on a two-year basis driven by a further strong performance from local trade underpinned by our digital TradePro loyalty scheme.

Our agile business model and strong supplier relationships have resulted in a better than expected margin performance. We have been able to mitigate the pressures resulting from rising inflation and freight costs, while continuing to deliver excellent value for customers.
As a result our revised FY2021 underlying PBT guidance is now no less than £83m, ahead of prior guidance and consensus expectations**.

Whilst the recent changes to UK Government Covid-related guidance are unlikely to have a material impact on performance over the balance of the year, the trading environment continues to remain uncertain and we will monitor the situation closely.

David Wood, CEO of Wickes commented: “This has been a period of further progress for Wickes, where our focus on value, stock availability and exceptional service have underpinned our customer offer. Our forward planning and early strategic decisions have resulted in an improved profit performance, and we continue to navigate inflationary pressures and raw material constraints well. Clearly, this remains a time of uncertainty, however our differentiated business model leaves us well-placed to continue to outperform within a large and growing home improvement market.”

Source : Insight Team & Wickes

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03 December 2021

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