WARM WEATHER BOOSTS BUSINESS FOR WOODIES OWNER GRAFTON

Grafton Group plc, the international builders merchanting and DIY Group, issues this trading update for the period from 1 January 2018 to 30 June 2018. Interim Results for the Half Year to 30 June 2018 are due to be released on 22 August 2018.

Group Revenue

Group revenue increased by 8.6 per cent to £1.45 billion (Six months to 30 June 2017: £1.33 billion) and by 7.9 per cent in constant currency. Like-for-like Group revenue increased by 3.8 per cent.

The table below shows the changes in average daily like-for-like revenue and in total revenue compared to the same periods in 2017.

Gavin Slark, Chief Executive Officer of Grafton Group plc commented today:
“We were pleased with the Group’s performance in the first half though the trading pattern was heavily influenced by the weather. The very cold conditions experienced in March and April have been followed by a hot and dry May and June which has benefited a number of businesses, particularly Woodie’s. In the UK, the Group’s growth has been influenced by the Selco store opening programme and the acquisition of Leyland SDM in February, where we are pleased with progress to date. Our businesses in Ireland and the Netherlands continue to perform well. We enter the second half well placed to deliver our expectations for the financial year.”

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