// Wickes sees like-for-like growth lift more than 22% on pre-pandemic levels
// Its online sales are set to bolster the rest of its sales growth in the second half of the year
Wickes has reported strong sales in the first half of the year, with stores performing well following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The DIY and hardware retailer saw like-for-like growth increase by more than 22 per cent on pre-pandemic levels, as the UK’s warm weather helped DIY’s lockdown momentum to continue.
Physicals sales were up 33.1 per cent on 2020 levels when it was struck by store closures, reduced footfall and supply chain issues, which pushed Wickes to bolster its online offering.
“We are managing to navigate inflationary pressure and industry-wide raw material constraints by working closely with our suppliers,” Wickes chief executive David Wood said.
Since non-essential stores were able to reopen in April in the UK, it reported that ordered sales have shot up over 30 per cent on pre-pandemic levels.
Wickes also said its online sales are set to bolster the rest of its sales growth in the second half of the year.
“We remain on track to continue to grow in a responsible and sustainable way, providing our customers with the products they need at the best possible value,” Wood said.