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Peter’s View

December 2018


We’ve now completed the first six months trading of our financial year and I’m very pleased to tell you that sales in our continuing operations i.e. excluding Cash & Carry have been extremely good, with all parts of the company performing well.

Total sales across the whole company increased by 6.1% from £614.3m to £652.0m in the 30 weeks to November 24th 2018.

We have enjoyed particularly good performances from Blakemore Retail, Fine Foods and Wholesale Distribution.

These sales figures were no doubt helped by strong demand from our customers during good summer weather, but I am greatly encouraged to see that sales have continued to grow during the months of October and November.

Indeed, sales grew during the last two weeks of November by a massive 12.9%.

These figures have been achieved during a period of great change within the company and I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts in achieving them.

I expect that we shall have a busy trading period during the next few weeks followed by the usual January/February slow period before sales start to improve with longer periods of daylight and the lead up to Easter.

We are all now starting to make arrangements for the festive season and I would like to wish everyone a happy and enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes.


Peter Blakemore

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman

December 7th 2018

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