Dunelm's apparently unstoppable run of growth went into reverse in the half year to January 1.

Snow slows Dunelm’s momentum

Dunelm’s apparently unstoppable run of growth went into reverse in the half year to January 1.

Snow slows Dunelm's momentum

Like-for-like sales at the homewares chain fell 1.2%, with growth of 2.1% in the first quarter cancelled out by a decline of 4.2% in the second as the snowy conditions prevented shoppers from getting to Dunelm’s mostly out-of-town stores.

The 1.2% drop compared with a 15.4% rise in the same period last year.

Overall, though, the group grew sales 8.5% to £275.7m from last year’s £254.2m, with superstores opened in seven new locations during the half year, including the relocation of an under-sized superstore in Hereford. Dunelm now trades from 100 superstores, the 100th having been opened last month.

The retailer said it remained confident in its prospects for long-term growth but was still cautious about expectations for the second half.

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