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Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Sports Direct Intl.

Pre Close Trading Update

RNS Number : 3712P
Sports Direct International Plc
24 October 2012
 



24 October 2012

 

Sports Direct International plc

 

Pre-close Trading Update

 

Sports Direct International plc ("the Group" or "the Company") today provides an update on current trading in advance of its half year end on 28 October 2012.

 

Group total sales for the nine weeks ending 30 September 2012 were up 18.0% to £402.7m (2012: £341.3m) and gross profit was up 21.7% to £167.4m (2012: £137.6m).

 

Sports Retail sales for the same period increased 16.8% to £344.7m (2012: £295.1m), and Sports Retail gross profit increased 20.5% to £142.8m (2012: £118.5m).

 

Premium Lifestyle sales in the period increased 43.0% to £18.3m (2012: £12.8m) with gross profit increasing 18.8% to £7.6m (2012: £6.4m).

 

Brands division revenue increased 18.9% to £39.7m (2012: £33.4m) with gross profit increasing 33.9% to £17.0m (2012: £12.7m). This includes Firetrap wholesale sales of £7.8m (2012: Nil) and gross profit of £3.3m (2012: Nil). 

 

Dave Forsey, Chief Executive of Sports Direct International plc, said:

 

"The Group has continued to deliver strong growth through the second quarter, especially within the UK Sports Retail division where sales and margins benefited from the London Olympics and an excellent 'back to school' period.

 

"Since the end of September trading has remained equally strong and the Board is therefore confident of reaching the full year targeted "super stretch" underlying EBITDA of £270m (before the charge for the bonus share schemes)."

 

The Company will announce its Interim Results for the 26 weeks ending 28 October 2012 on Thursday 13 December 2012.

 

 

For further information, please contact:

 

Sports Direct International plc

Dave Forsey, Chief Executive

Bob Mellors, Group Finance Director

 

0845 129 9229

FTI Consulting

Jonathon Brill

Alex Beagley

Georgia Mann

0207 831 3113

 


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