(Sharecast News) - DFS Furniture said on Tuesday that it was trading "significantly ahead" of its expectations amid strong demand but struck a cautious note on the outlook due to Covid-19 and Brexit-related uncertainty.
The furniture retailer said that since its last update on 14 July, it has continued to trade strongly both online and in its showrooms, with year-on-year order intake growth over the last six weeks equivalent to around £70m of revenues.
"This trading is significantly ahead of our initial expectations and is in addition to our previously announced strong opening order book that will generate a further in year revenue benefit of circa £100m," it said.
DFS put its performance down to consumers spending more on their homes relative to other sectors, pent-up demand caused by the coronavirus lockdown and its hybrid digital and physical retail offering, which it said was "particularly relevant" in this consumer environment.
Although the financial year has started strongly, DFS highlighted significant uncertainty related to Covid-19 on UK consumer confidence and the potential impact of Brexit and said it was "exceptionally difficult" to assess the outlook beyond the short term.
"While positive trading momentum currently remains we do note that some consumers may be bringing forward spending decisions and this may impact trading later in the financial year.
"Notwithstanding these risks, recent trading and our current momentum does increase our earnings resilience and it has significantly strengthened our financial headroom. Furthermore, the board continues to have confidence that the business is well-positioned to capitalise on opportunities as its markets recover."
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