Bargain Booze owner Conviviality posts strong results

14 July, 2014

Bargain Booze and Wine Rack owner Conviviality Retail has reported a pre-tax profits increase of 31.5% for the financial year ending April 27.

Pre-tax profits excluding exceptional items were £9.3 million, compared with £7.1 million the previous year.

Like-for-like retail sales climbed narrowly, up 0.05%. The group has a cash balance of £10 million and is debt-free.

Chief executive Diana Hunter said: “These are strong results achieved during a period of significant change for our business and we are making good progress to deliver our strategy. 

“We are seeing the benefits of a stronger relationship with our franchise partners, and many of our franchisees have seen their profits improve as a result.”

Conviviality said franchisee profit per store rose 10% and that franchisees were awarded 1.2 million shares, each worth £5,700, for hitting performance targets.

Average retail sales per store were up by £16,000 and gross profit margins increased 0.7%.

Hunter added: “We have a significant opportunity ahead and we are confident that the foundations we have put in place this year will deliver further improvements for our company, our franchise partners and investors.”




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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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