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Galliford Try – Are Housebuilders Running Out Of Steam

Galliford Try GFRD expects record results for the year to 30th June which as a housebuilder, is only what one would expect. Underlying demand, the availability of mortgage finance and of course the governments Help to Buy Scheme all give cause, says the company, for continued confidence. Completions for the year rose by 11% from 2769 to 3,078 units However as with other house builders there are some warning signs on the horizon. Firstly the average private sales price rose by only 2% which is miniscule compared to what the housebuiders have been getting away with over the past few years. Secondly, which is more worrying, revenue secured for the new financial year is down to 82% from last years 88%.

ASOS plc ASC has enjoyed strong retail sales growth during the four months to the 30th June. Even the UK has been strong with a rise of 28%. International retail sales slightly beat that with a rise of 30%, the US leading the way with a jump of 53%.

Dechra Pharmaceuticals DPH saw strong trading in the year to the end of June with like for like revenue growth of 11%. Overll growth including acquisitions, came out at 21%. Dechra is one of the few company’s to describe the collapse of sterling as a currency headwind but it claims this has impacted growth by 3%.  North America produced excellent results with growth of 37%.

Hotel Chocolat Group HOTC which launched on Aim in May, saw revenue for the year to 26th June  slightly ahead of market expectations with a rise of 12% whilst digital rvenues were up by 20%.


Rhythm One plc RTHM expects first quarter trading to the end of June to be materially ahead of management expectations.  A return to full year profitability is expected in 2017.


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