‘Staycation’ summer boosts sales at Halfords

Library image of a Halfords store   Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
Library image of a Halfords store Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
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Halfords has notched up a hike in sales thanks to surging demand for roof boxes and camping gear as more Britons chose to “staycation” in the UK.

The car parts-to-bicycles chain said like-for-like retail sales rose 3.5% in the 20 weeks to August 18, with motoring sales lifting 2.3%.

Halfords saw travel solutions sales jump 8.2% higher, driven by the rising popularity of holidaying in the UK in the face of poor exchange rates from the Brexit-hit pound.

It also reported strong demand for bikes, with sales up 5.2% and electric bikes and repair services seeing strong performances.

Outgoing chief executive Jill McDonald, who is leaving next month to head up Marks & Spencer’s fashion and homewares arm, said: “A combination of good planning and execution meant that we optimised sales from the staycation summer, with strong growth in camping, roof boxes and cycle carriers.”

But the group saw a 2% drop in like-for-like sales at its autocentres service, leaving overall group-wide same-store sales 2.7% higher in the 20-week period.

The owners of Kettley's Andrew Collop his sister Nicola Davison and their cousin David Butler who between then have over 50 years experience of working in the business.

Kettley’s goes the extra mile to support house-bound customers