Expansion hope at butcher’s chain

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Butcher’s chain Crawshaw Group is considering re-starting its expansion programme after seeing its trading performance recover.

The Rotherham-based group currently has 20 stores and two processing and distribution centres covering an area stretching from Leeds to Derby and Grimsby to the Pennines.

Crawshaw says measures to improve its performance are continuing to have a positive impact on trading, helped by good barbecue weather in July.

Pre-tax profit for the six months to the end of July trebled from £100,000 to £300,000, on overall sales up from £9.3 million to £9.8 million.

Chairman Richard Rose said: “Now our recovery in trading performance has become established we are giving consideration to re-starting our expansion program, albeit on a cautious basis, and will report further in due course.

“We are encouraged with current trading. Like for like sales for the first eight weeks of the second half are up 10 per cent, with gross margins in line with first half performance.”