Dobbies Garden Centres sales grow by more than 50 per cent

Dobbies Garden Centres sales have grown by more than 50 per cent according to the latest accounts and continued to show "resilience' during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Total sales increased by 51 per cent to £252m in the company's results for the 53 weeks to 1 March 2020. Like-for-like sales increased by 6 per cent.

Underlying EBITDA also increased by 39 per cent to £25m during the year.

During the year, the company more than doubled the size of its estate with the acquisition of 31 centres located across the UK from Wyevale Garden Centres.

Dobbies Garden Centres chairman Andrew Bracey said: "We have a clear strategy for growth at Dobbies and we are encouraged by the progress made during FY19/20. The business has continued to demonstrate its resilience as we navigate the challenges of Covid-19."

Chief executive Graeme Jenkins added: "During FY19/20 Dobbies delivered a robust performance through a period of significant change. I would like to thank all of our team members for their support and commitment. In line with our strategy, we are continuing to grow and invest in Dobbies. This includes in our garden centre network, our customer offer and our team."

Dobbies can trace its history back to 1865 with James Dobbie, who created a business, Dobbie & Co, selling seeds. The company went on to build up a customer base and started opening garden centres.

In 2019 the business acquired 37 centres, more than doubling its national footprint, and its now has 69 sites nationwide.

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