Dunelm has posted a surge in sales driven by volume and growth across both in-store and digital channels in the third quarter, ending March this year.

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Dunelm has reported a 2.6% rise in total sales for its third quarter

The homewares retailer reported a 2.6% rise in total sales to £434.5m for the 13 weeks ending March 30, 2024.

Digital sales grew to 37% of total sales, up from 36% in the first half of the year.

Despite the growth in sales, Dunelm has held firm on its guidance, adding that “while there are signs that the outlook for UK consumers may be easing in some areas, it remains difficult to predict when this might translate into better conditions in our markets”.

Dunelm expects full-year 2024 profit before tax of £202m, with a range of £200m to £205m in line with market expectations.

Chief executive Nick Wilkinson said: “We have delivered a resilient performance in Q3, with continued volume-based sales growth through a period of more challenging and volatile market conditions.

“While discretionary spend remains under pressure, our relevant and attractive product offer continues to resonate with customers as they shop across our broad ranges to find quality and value for all areas of the home.  

“This performance reflects our deep-rooted understanding of our customers and the effectiveness of a total retail system, which continues to drive growth across store and digital channels, bringing further market share gains.

“At the same time, our operational grip continues to mitigate ongoing cost headwinds and has supported a strong gross margin performance.

“Looking ahead, we are excited about strengthening our customer offer and the breadth of growth opportunities this presents.

“Consumer behaviour continues to be difficult to predict. However, we remain confident in our ability to navigate current conditions while delivering further sustainable growth and market share gains.”