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Major independent retailer Forrest Furnishings says it is trading ahead in high single-digits in the first three quarters of 2015 as it looks to build on strong growth last year.


The Glasgow retailer told the Furnishing Report that with nine months of 2015 passed — and four since the closure of its MacDonald branch (see related) — the company is trading 9 per cent ahead of the same period last year.


Privately owned Forrest has increased its South Street showroom by about a tenth in size since the end of July with an additional area of a further 10 per cent to be periodically used for specific promotional events.


The company is building on strong 2014 growth, when sales increased by 11 per cent to £8.3m. It said it regarded this a healthy increase in like-for-like sales whilst having to compete with the Commonwealth Games in the summer months and the uncertainty surrounding the independence referendum in September.


Its year to end December 2014 accounts will show it returned to profit, making £181,123 before tax, representing a £358,790 turnaround on 2013.


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