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Pets at Home reports strong Christmas sales, ends Barkers store trail

 

Pet supplies retailer Pets at Home has revealed positive sales growth for the 12-week period ending on 4 January 2018, compared with the same period last year.

The groups reported revenue growth of 9.6% to £223.3m, with merchandise up by 9% to £193.4m and omnichannel up 77% to £13m.

The Barkers store trial also reached its conclusion and all existing stores will be closed over the coming year. Barkers was designed to specifically cater for dogs, offering natural food, accessories and spa services.

Ian Kellett, CEO, said: “I’m happy to report further progress in the third quarter, where trading momentum in our merchandise division built over the Christmas period.

“In the year since we launched our lower pricing initiatives we have seen a really strong customer response to the investments we have made.

“At the same time, we continued to deliver strong growth in our veterinary business across both first opinion practices and specialist referral centres. Thanks again to colleagues across the group who worked incredibly hard to deliver this result.”

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