// Travis Perkins saw sales rise 17.4% in Q1, driven by 42% surge in Toolstation fascia
// Total Q1 sales growth for Travis Perkins was 6.8% compared to the same period last year
// The results exclude Wickes, which will no longer be part of Travis Perkins by the end of the month
A wave of momentum that allowed Travis Perkins to thrive in the second half of last year has continued into 2021, despite Covid-19 restrictions.
The business saw its like-for-like sales rise by 17.4 per cent in the opening three months of the year, as it was propelled by 42 per cent growth at its Toolstation fascia.
Total first quarter sales growth for Travis Perkins was 6.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.
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“The group has enjoyed an encouraging start to the year with robust like-for-like sales growth across our businesses, underpinned by strong demand in the RMI (repair, maintenance and improvements) market,” chief executive Nick Roberts said.
“We are encouraged by the robustness of the RMI market and the continued recovery in our other key end markets.
“However, at this early stage in the year, our expectations remain unchanged as we continue to make progress on the delivery of our longer-term strategic plans.”
The results exclude Wickes, a DIY retailer which will no longer be part of Travis Perkins by the end of the month.
Wickes total sales rose 18.9 per cent during the period, while first quarter like-for-like sales surged 19.7 per cent.
Travis Perkins said Wickes performed well across a wide range of product categories after trading was driven by its digital capability and the popularity of its delivery and click-and-collect channels.
The demerger of the two businesses is set to happen on April 28 with separate shares in Wickes being listed on the London market.
“I am also pleased to report that the Wickes demerger process remains on schedule to be completed at the end of April, leaving the business a simplified and trade focused group,” Roberts said.
Businesses are currently benefiting from the usual year-on-year comparison. Company results are normally compared to the equivalent months a year ago.
At the moment, those months, between January and March last year, include the initial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy.
However, when comparing Travis Perkins’ results to the year before, revenue like-for-like sales are still up by nearly 12 per cent.
Travis Perkins warned of significant price increases in timber, copper, steel and other raw materials.
For now, it said, cost price inflation “remains manageable”.
with PA Wires