Bouyant Majestic grows share and eyes expansion
Published:  26 November, 2010

Majestic has increased its share of the UK wine market despite the recession and intense supermarket competition.

Chief executive Steve Lewis said the retailer had increased its share from 3.2% to 3.5% (Nielsen, year to September 2010), boosted by its move to a minimum six-bottle purchase. Reporting a 20% profit rise in the half-year to September 27, the wine warehouse group saw profits increase from £6.1 million over the same period in 2009 to £7.3 million.

Total sales were up 10.2% and like-for-like sales in its 160-strong estate were ahead by 7.6%. Lewis said a further 12 stores would open next year and he was currently reviewing Majestic’s target figure of eventually reaching 250 stores to see whether it should be aiming higher.




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I was asked recently what I thought the biggest change had been in wine fashion in the past five years. My answer was unequivocal: sales of pink wines. From being a niche that expanded and contracted with the sunshine, rosé has subtly but steadily become a stalwart of many merchants’ ranges, with Provence firmly at the top and asked for by name.

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