Dunelm says new lockdown restrictions are unexpected and inconsistent
Dunelm has said it has continued to perform well since its last update on 15 October with total sales continuing to grow in line with its first quarter.
However, the company said the Government’s decison not to classify homewares as an essential retail category during the current lockdown was unexpected and inconsistent as homeware stores were allowed to open during the first lockdown period. As a result, its 145 shops in England will offer click and collect services, but will otherwise be closed to customers while lockdown restrictions are in place.
Dunelm’s nine stores in Wales, which have been closed during the ‘firebreak’ lockdown, are expected to reopen on 9 November. Its stores in Scotland and Northern Ireland are currently open.
Dunelm said: “Whilst the new restrictions have increased the level of uncertainty in the outlook for the financial year, we remain confident in our proposition and the adaptability of our total retail system. We look forward to welcoming customers back into our stores when the restrictions are lifted.”
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