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Howden Joinery raises profit forecast again


Howden Joinery Group PLC (LON:HWDN) has once again raised its profits forecasts after better than expected trading.

The supplier of kitchens and joinery products to the building trade is now eyeing full-year profit before tax of around £185mln.

READ: Howden Joinery upgrades profit expectations after continued strong trading

Last month, the FTSE 250 group said it would be 10% above the top end of current analyst forecasts, which stood at £123mln-£152mln. In 2019, profit before tax came in at £260mln.

In November, the firm said it experienced a strong autumn peak trading period due to pent up demand amid lockdown and a high level of stock availability.

“Trading has remained robust during December as the renovation boom continues,” analysts at Peel Hunt noted.

“While the shares outperformed the market in 2020 (+3% share price performance) they have been relatively quiet in the last couple of months. This update should change that.”

However, the stock rose only 1% to 702.8p on Wednesday morning.

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