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Grafton annual profit falls 23% as branch closures in H1 bite; resumes dividend

By BFN News | 07:59 AM | Thursday 25 February, 2021

Building materials distributor Grafton resumed its dividend but at lower rate than last year, after reporting annual profit fell by nearly quarter owing to first-half branch closures as result of the pandemic. For the year ended 31 December 2020, pre-tax losses fell 23% to £132.7 million as revenue slipped 6.1% to £2.5 billion. The dividend for the year was slashed by 23.7% to 14.5 pence. In the period from 1 January to 21 February, average daily like-for-like group revenue reduced by 1.0%., comprised of a decrease of 0.9% in UK distribution, a decrease of 12.7% in Irish distribution and an increase of 1.1% in the Netherlands distribution. Story provided by

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