9 July 2014

Pre-Close Statement

Current trading

For the 10 weeks to 6 July 2014, like-for-like sales increased by 4.9%, and total sales increased by 10.3%. In the year to date (49 weeks to 6 July 2014), like-for-like sales increased by 5.4%, and total sales increased by 9.8%. Sales have been slightly weaker during the World Cup.

The operating margin, in the 10 weeks to 6 July 2014, was 8.1%, in line with 8.1% year-to-date (49 weeks to 6 July 2014) and the full year is now expected to be around this level. In the next financial year, we expect the operating margin to be in the region of 7.7% to 8.1%, subject to the level of like-for-like sales, the number of new openings and cost pressures.

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Financial Calendar  
Q4 Interim Management Statement 9 July 2014
Preliminary Results 12 September 2014
Q1 Interim Management Statement November 2014
AGM 13 November 2014

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