Newcastle upon Tyne / UK. (gs) British Greggs PLC, the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the UK with more than 2,200 retail outlets throughout the country, announced its trading update for the first 19 weeks to 14 May 2022. Highlights:
- 27.4 percent Like-for-like sales growth for first 19 weeks
- 49 new shops opened in first 19 weeks, 6 closures, strong pipeline
- Cost pressures increasing
- Trading in line with plan, expectations for the full year outcome unchanged
Greggs has traded well in the first 19 weeks of 2022. Like-for-like (LFL) sales in company-managed shops grew by 27.4 percent, a figure that is flattered by comparison with restricted trading conditions in the same period of 2021. Since we last reported, like-for-like sales growth in the most recent ten weeks to 14 May (when lockdowns in 2021 were easing) has averaged 15.8 percent and we expect this figure to continue to normalise as we start to compare with more robust trading periods in 2021.
Sales levels in larger cities and in office locations continue to lag the rest of the estate but transport locations have shown a marked increase in activity in recent weeks. Sales of hot food and snacks are showing particularly strong growth, with chicken goujons and potato wedges proving popular.
Total sales in the 19 weeks to 14 May 2022 were GBP 495 million (2021: GBP 378 million).
In the first 19 weeks of 2022 we opened 49 new shops, including 18 with our franchise partners. Recent shop openings include a number of retail parks and new travel-based units at Birmingham and Liverpool airports. In the year to date we have closed 6 shops, giving a total of 2,224 shops trading at 14 May (comprising 1,831 company-managed shops and 393 franchised units).
We have made a good start to 2022, with sales in line with our plan and a strong pipeline of new shop acquisitions ahead. Looking ahead, market-wide cost pressures have been increasing and consumer incomes will clearly be under pressure in the second half of the year. We will continue to work to mitigate the impact of cost pressures whilst protecting Greggs’ reputation for exceptional value.
Whilst considerable uncertainties remain, we are in line with our plan and the Board’s expectations for the full year outcome remain unchanged.