Group sales from all stores rose to A$130.3 million in the three months to September 30, from A$120.9 million in the same quarter in 2016. Same-store sales grew 3.5 per cent to A$122.7 million in the three months.
The Michael Hill brand delivered total store sales growth of 7.4 per cent to A$126.9 million in the quarter and same store sales growth of 3.8 per cent. The brand’s same store sales rose 4.2 per cent in Australia, 5.1 per cent in New Zealand and 7.6 per cent in Canada, an acceleration on the previous period which is a key driver of the group’s performance.
The Emma & Roe brand achieved total store sales growth of 27.4 per cent to A$3.5m in the period.
In the latest financial year, the jewellery company boosted annual profit by two thirds as its Michael Hill chain grew steadily in its main markets of Australia and New Zealand and recorded stronger growth in Canada.
The group’s troubled US business and its fledgeling Emma & Roe chain posted wider losses.
In the first quarter of 2018, the Michael Hill brand traded well in Canada, up 7.6 per cent in same-store sales in local currency in the quarter with total store sales growth of 22 per cent to C$26.6 million.
Same-store and total sales for the brand also rose in New Zealand and Australia, but in the US same-store sales dropped 9 per cent to US$2.6m while total sales fell 15 per cent.
There were 313 Michael Hill stores trading at the end of September, with 10 opened in the period. Emma & Roe had 30 stores at the end of the quarter.
Dual-listed Michael Hill shares gained 2.5 per cent to $1.21 on the NZX.
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