Honeycombe reaps sweet harvest as turnover leaps
Tuesday 30th July 2002 18:00
Pub operator Honeycombe Leisure has increased its turnover by more than 50% after buying the 35-strong Devonshire pub company for £8.5m in March last year.
In the 12 months to 28 April, turnover at the group increased by 54% to £32.4m, compared with £21m a year earlier. Pre-tax profit was up by 18.5% to just more than £1m, compared with £843,777 in 2001.
Chairman Sandy Anderson said the company had made "significant progress" during the year despite the impact of foot-and-mouth disease on its "trading heartland".
Foot-and-mouth disease affected about 10% of the group's pubs, said Anderson, leading to flat like-for-like sales in the year to April. About £700,000 of turnover and £200,000 of profit is estimated to have been lost because of the outbreak.
Trading in the new year had started positively, said the group. Despite "unseasonably wet weather", like-for-like sales, boosted by the World Cup, increased by 6% in the first 10 weeks of the year compared with 2001.
Honeycombe operates 71 pubs across the North of England.