Poor summer weather drives furniture sales
ScS Upholstery has beaten expectations with a jump in sales over the summer.

The sofa retailer said sales increased like-for-like by 7 per cent in the year to the end of September.

Broker Investec had predicted a 2.8 per cent comparable sales increase for the year but said ScS had benefited from poor summer weather. Comparisons were weak because of last year's heat wave.

In the first six months of the year, the retailer reported a 5 per cent increase in like-for-like sales.

ScS is expected to hit pre-tax profits of£13.7 million in the year to the end of September, according to Investec. Seymour Pierce forecast a pre-tax profit of£13.5 million.