Pizza delivery firm Domino's Pizza increased its UK like-for-like sales by 5.7% in the half year to 24 June 2012, as its pre-tax profit in the UK and Ireland (but excluding Germany) also rose by 15.2% to £23.3m.
The company now has 748 stores in the UK, Ireland and Germany, having opened 23 during the period, and closed just one. Meanwhile it said it was on track to open a total of 72 stores for the full year, compared with 62 last year.
Online system sales increased by 43.4% to £121.2m, compared with £84.5m in the same period in 2011. Online sales now account for 52.4% of UK delivered sales, up from 41.9% last year. Of these, 17.9% were taken through a mobile device.
Chief executive officer Lance Batchelor said: "I am delighted to be able to report such a strong set of half year results. Coming on top of a solid start to the year during the first three months of 2012, we have delivered like-for-like sales growth of 5.2% across the system in the first half (2011: 2.4%). In addition, it has been a very busy and successful first half for our emerging German business with four new stores opened. Our franchisees have made the most of the opportunities presented by a combination of rain, sport and national celebrations and delivered some great figures during the second quarter.
"The coming months should provide a real opportunity for our business. We have great new locations coming into play in the UK, our 1-2-1 marketing programme is showing encouraging returns and the opportunity in Germany is looking better by the day. Add to this the best franchisees in the business and the future looks bright.
"Trading since the half year end has continued in line with our expectations. While the consumer backdrop remains tough we are confident about the future and our expectations for the year as a whole remain unchanged."
By Neil Gerrard
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