Brexit & poor summer weather behind McColl’s sales decline

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McColl's blames poor summer weather & Brexit uncertainty for a fall in Q3 sales
McColl's expects results for the full-year to be in line with expectations.
// McColl’s blames poor summer weather & Brexit uncertainty for a fall in third quarter sales
// Like-for-like sales down 2.2%; total sales dropped 3.6%
// For the year to date, like-for-like sales down 0.1% and total sales down 1.2%

McColl’s has blamed poor summer weather and uncertainty around Brexit for a fall in sales in its third quarter, but said its full-year results will still be in line with expectations.

For the 13-week period ending August 25, the convenience retailer saw like-for-like sales fall by 2.2 per cent while total sales dropped by 3.6 per cent.

This means that for the year to date, like-for-like sales are down 0.1 per cent and down 1.2 per cent on a total basis, when stores closed during the year are taken into account.

Despite this, McColl’s said it has made further progress on 2019 strategic priorities around stabilising the business and operational execution, and expects results for the full-year to be in line with expectations.

“This has been a highly unseasonable summer for the retail sector and our sales performance reflects both this and the ongoing macro-economic uncertainty,” McColl’s chief executive Jonathan Miller said.

“The fundamentals of the convenience channel are strong and our focus remains on good retail execution whilst maintaining strong capital discipline.

“We continue to make operational progress and we anticipate results in line with expectations for the full year.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Maybe you are simply uncompetitive, if you look at the biggest rival the Co-op they have definitely raised their game especially with strong summer offering which was being advertised strongly. Also remember the World cup in 2018 would have made a big dent in L4L booze sales.
    Are you still a small player on a big pitch?

    • Absolutely right, they are clearly failing to keep up with the competition, also the Tesco/Booker merger, the Co-op/Nisa merger and the collapsed P&H will have added pressure to their business. Unless they come up with a proper plan, this could easily be the next chain to collapse… they will blame everything and everyone else of course!

      • Totally right Charles having worked in Detroit store (ex co-op sold to McColls) the alleged future of the buisness was the tie up with Morrisons to sell Safeway branded goods. I honestly don’t think their standards in store are in a great place to compete, and the staff engagement being always low will mean it is difficult to bring about change. You cannot blame brexit uncertainty when it comes to running a basic convenience store format it is disingenuous to do so.

  2. I cannot understand the weak excuses
    They keep using. All similar retailers
    Have the same problems.
    There stores are unattractive,expensive,
    Poor stock range.
    Look at aldi they are going from strength to strength.
    Low prices and quality not reduced,
    Plesent stores,bright,good offers.
    McColls need to get there act together.

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