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Crawshaw Regulatory News (CRAW)

Regulatory News for Crawshaw (CRAW)

Share Price: 2.525Bid: 2.30Ask: 2.75Change: 0.15 (+6.32%)Riser - Crawshaw
Spread: 0.45Spread as %: 19.57%Open: 2.375High: 2.525Low: 2.375Yesterday’s Close: 2.375

Trading Statement

Fri, 6th Jan 2017 07:00

RNS Number : 4659T
Crawshaw Group PLC
06 January 2017

Crawshaw Group Plc


Trading Update


Crawshaw Group Plc ("Crawshaw" or the "Group"), the fresh meat and food-to-go retailer, provides the following update on Christmas trading for the 5 week period since our last update on 29 November 2016 to the 1 January 2017.


We have continued to build on the progress noted in our last update with the improvements in sales and customer numbers being maintained through December as planned.  Group sales were up 13% in the 5 week period versus the prior year, with total customer numbers also up 13% for the same period.  Like-for-like sales were -3.8% for the 5 weeks ended 1 January 2017 having improved from -8.1% for the 4 weeks ended 27 November 2016.  Like-for-like customer numbers were -4.2% having improved from -9.7% for the same periods.


As previously communicated, this improvement in both sales and customer number momentum has required a moderate level of margin investment, with gross margins in the like-for-like stores at 43.6% H2 2017 to date (versus 44.9% H2 2016 to date).


With the improvement in performance continuing through the festive trading period, the Board remain confident in achieving full year market expectations.


Noel Collett, CEO comments;


"We continue to be encouraged by the customer response to the recent changes we've made which have translated into further progress over the festive trading period.  Our new hamper range was particularly well received with almost 3,000 hampers sold in the Christmas week.  Our focus will continue to be centred on anchoring our value credentials and we will step up our marketing activity to maintain our current momentum in building customer frequency and loyalty"


Board Change


The Board of Crawshaw today announces that Mr Kevin Patrick Boyd will leave the business by mutual consent with immediate effect.  All meat trading and buying responsibility has been transferred to Mick Charles, who has been promoted to the position of Head of Buying and Supply Chain.  Mick joined the Crawshaws Senior Team in November 2014, bringing 35 years of meat industry experience and expertise.


Richard Rose, Chairman, comments;


"On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Kevin for his loyalty and commitment in his 25 years of service and wish him well for the future.  We would also like to congratulate Mick on his promotion, his wealth of meat buying experience has already played a significant role in the recent improvements in sales performance"




Crawshaw Group plc:                                          Peel Hunt LLP:

Noel Collett, Alan Richardson                              Dan Webster, Adrian Trimmings, George Sellar

01709 369 600                                                   020 7418 8900



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