Interim Management Statement

02 May 2013

Howden Joinery Group Plc ('the Group') is today publishing its Interim Management Statement covering the year to date. Trading information is in relation to the first four periods of 2013 (to 20 April 2013).

The Board is pleased with performance so far this year, which has seen further solid trading in line with our expectations, whilst remaining cautious about the outlook for the rest of the year, given the prevailing economic environment.


In the first four periods (16 weeks) of 2013, Howden Joinery UK revenue was up 9.3% on the corresponding periods last year, increasing by 7.6% on a same depot basis. As previously, explained, sales in the first period of the year benefited from an additional week of trading. Excluding the first period, total revenue in the three periods since then increased by 4.1%, there being no distorting factors.

The gross profit margin performance is in line with market expectations for the full year ¹.

Note 1: Currently, most analysts are believed to be expecting gross margin to be between 60.5% and 61.5%.

Business developments

We are currently planning to open around 20 to 30 new depots this year. With one new depot having been opened so far, Howden Joinery is now trading from 530 depots in the UK.

We are continually seeking opportunities to improve the performance of our business operations. To this end, we have reconfigured our transport operations to better reflect the geographical mix of our sales in the UK and improve service to our depots. This will result in an exceptional charge and cash cost in respect of continuing operations in the first half of 2013 of about £5m. These changes will deliver a number of important service and operational improvements.

There have been no material changes to the financial position of the Group in the period save as a result of the usual impact of the level of trading and those other matters disclosed herein.

Next scheduled announcement

The Group will release its 2013 Half Yearly Report on 25 July 2013.


Gary Rawlinson
Head of Investor Relations

+44 (0)207 535 1127
+44 (0)7989 397527
Brunswick +44 (0)207 404 5959
Kate Holgate Tim Danaher


HOWDENS Making space more valuable

Business Model and Strategy

Find out more about our business model and strategy, the markets in which we operate and our strategic approach to protect our unique business model and ensure that the business continues to grow.


As a familiar sight across towns and cities in the UK and Europe, our depots are always within easy reach, so a trade professional never has far to travel to find their nearest Howdens. Get to know more about how each one operates.


Our sustainable behaviour is at the heart of our business and enables us to reduce some of our risks. We take great pride in ensuring that our business positively impacts the world around us and the people within it.


We are passionate about supporting the local communities we operate in, which is why our depots and support staff actively seek ways to give something back. Whether it is running half marathons or sponsoring local Scout groups, discover the many ways we help good causes.


With around 80 kitchen ranges, our exclusive Lamona appliance brand, and thousands of products across joinery and hardware, learn why our builders have come to trust the range and quality of the products we offer.

People and Careers

The Sunday Times named Howdens as one of the top 25 big companies to work for. Discover why Howdens is a great place to work, how we develop our people and reward them, whilst building a culture with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Financial Results

Download copies of the latest financial results for Howdens both past and present including the associated presentations and Interim Management Statements released between results announcements.


Howdens is a responsible business which was founded on the tenet that the Company should be worthwhile for all concerned, with a commitment to the people within its reach and the wider world. Here we provide the links to the framework that informs our decisions and outcomes.