Sales curbed by early Easter
Halfords has teamed up with Japanese auto parts and accessories retailer Autobacs Seven Company to improve its ranging in the UK. Halfords said the relationship could result in a combined sourcing agreement.

At its annual general meeting, Halfords also revealed positive trading figures. Total sales in the 13 weeks to July 1 increased by 1.5 per cent, but suffered from an early Easter.

Halfords chairman Rob Templeman said: 'Easter is an important period for the company and allowing for the lack of an Easter in the first two weeks of the current year, like-for-like sales in the subsequent 11 weeks to July 1 increased by 2.7 per cent.'

Last month, the retailer revealed an increase in turnover of 8.6 per cent to£628.4 million for the 52 weeks to April 1. Like-for-likes were up 8.9 per cent and profit before tax rose 130.6 per cent to£76.9 million.