Findel recorded an uptick in sales in the first 16 weeks of its second half, boosted by a surge in sales and new customers at its largest business Express Gifts.
Findel, an online value retailer and education business, said total sales in the 16 weeks since October 1 went up 11 per cent year-on-year, almost double the 6.5 per cent growth recorded in the first half of its financial year.
On its own, Findel’s Express Gifts experienced sales growth of 14 per cent, boosted by its Christmas trading period.
Express Gift’s new customer recruitment target for 2016 was also “significantly” exceeded, with the customer base by the end of the year 13 per cent higher at 1.56 million.
Findel’s net debt at the end of December stood at £81.8 million, down by £9.3 million from the previous year.
The retailer said profit for the full year is expected to be within the range of current market forecasts.