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Dunelm sees sales jump

DunelmAW19Dunelm has seen like for like in-store sales leap in the past quarter, along with strong online sales.

The chain saw like for like store sales rise by 12.1% in the quarter to 29 June to £205.5m. Online sales rose 37% to £39m.

This produced an overall like for like increase of 15.4%.

New stores generated £19.6m, with overall sales 11.6% higher at £264.1m.

Like for like store sales rose by 7.7% for the year.

‘In the year that Dunelm turned 40, we are delighted that both new and existing customers continue to respond positively to our evolving offer. The strong growth in the final quarter, and the year as a whole, demonstrates that in a rapidly changing marketplace, the broad appeal of Dunelm's purpose 'to help everyone create a home they love' is resonating well,’ says Nick Wilkinson, Dunelm ceo

‘We continue to invest in the business, particularly in strengthening our digital capabilities and reaching more customers through our brand marketing initiatives. Looking forward, as the UK's leading homewares specialist, we see significant opportunity for continued growth both from our stores and online, whilst maintaining our improved operational discipline. In the short-term, we remain cautious about the uncertain political climate and the impact it may have on consumer spending, but expect to make further progress in the year ahead and are confident about the group's longer-term prospects.’