UK: Majestic Wine toasts strong year
Corks still popping at Majestic Wine
Majestic Wine has shrugged off tough trading conditions in the UK wine market to report strong rises in sales and profits for its fiscal year.
Majestic's decision to halve its minimum purchase amount from 12 bottles to six has reaped dividends over the past six months, the wine warehouse chain said today (14 June).
This policy, plus the firm's acquisition of fine wine specialist Lay & Wheeler in March 2009, saw Majestic report net sales of GBP233.2m (US$340m) for the 12 months to 29 March, up 15.6% on the previous year.
Like-for-like store sales in the UK rose by 8% for the year as a higher volume of customers compensated for a 4% drop in average spend per purchase.
The figures will be a welcome boost for the UK wine trade, which has faced stern duty tax rises and foreign currency fluctuations amidst the backdrop of recession.
Majestic said net profits reached GBP11.3m, compared to GBP3.3m in a previous year hit by a GBP5.3m impairment charge on the group's French retail business.
"We are very encouraged by our ability to attract new customers which will allow us to continue to grow our market share," said Majestic CEO Steve Lewis. "While the UK economic outlook remains uncertain, we believe that Majestic is well positioned for future growth."
Online wine sales also performed strongly during the year, rising by almost a fifth to constitute one in ten bottles purchased from Majestic.
- Most Valuable Spirits Brands in 2017 - The facts
- Most Valuable Beer Brands in 2017 - The facts
- Diageo Africa president O'Keeffe on beer & spirits
- Travel Retail needs a disruptor - Comment
- What the future looks like for Australian wine
- Diageo ready to lock horns with AB InBev in Africa
- Heineken sees Tesco pull SKUs in UK
- Fever-Tree eyes bumper NPD, pack formats for 2017
- Diageo unveils Blender's Batch in the US
- Heineken mulls M&A with $1.75bn notes issue
- Central and East Europe Report Package
- Global vodka insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Battle of the Generations - The fight for iGen, Millennial, Gen X and Baby Boomer consumers
- Global Scotch insights - market forecasts, product innovation and consumer trends
- Spirit Market in the Top 5 European Countries to 2021 - Market Size, Development, and Forecasts