old

scsFasciaExpanding its store footprint boosted sales for upholstery chain ScS in the year to end July, though profits were down as a result of its spring sales blip and concession costs.


ScS said full year (to 25th July) revenue was up by 13.4 per cent to £276.7m with like-for-like order intake up 5 per cent. Gross sales, including warranties, were up 13.2 per cent to £292.2m.


However, adjusted EBITDA was down 17.5 per cent to £11.4m and the company slipped to a pre-tax loss of £1.7m (2014: profit of £7.2m).


That was partly down to its earlier flagged May trading dip and the expected loss from its 30 House of Fraser For Living concessions.


CEO David Knight said: “Our first full year operating the House of Fraser concession has proved challenging for us as we have learned more about the customer and operating as a “third party” but it did generate sales of £21.2m in its first full year, albeit with a negative impact on our result. We believe that as the concession matures, it will make a positive contribution to the group’s profits.”


He also signposted weak spring trading caused by warmer-than-usual weather and the general election (see related) as having a negative impact both on sales and profits.


He said: “Whilst trading returned to a normal pattern through the summer and beyond, the business wasn’t able to recover the impact from the loss of footfall and trade in our stores during this key period.”


ScS opened three news stores during the year, at Abbotsinch in Glasgow, Croydon and Slough, generating combined gross sales of £6.8m and making a positive earnings contribution. Its total portfolio reached 96 stores — plus the 30 House of Fraser concessions — at the balance sheet date. Staff numbers were up by 150 to reach over 1,700.


Related: David Knight: ScS didn’t lose market share during May hiccup