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Greggs raises profits outlook

first_imgBakery chain Greggs delivered a shock trading update this morning to reveal that its full-year profits would be ahead of analysts’ expectations.Chief executive Roger Whiteside said customers were ‘responding’ to improvements in products and services – as it unveiled own shop like-for-like sales (LFLs) growth of 5.2% for the 24 weeks to 13 December, compared with growth of just 0.7% in the same period last year.For the year-to-date LFLs were up 4.2%, added Greggs, significantly better than the -1.1% decline seen in the same period in 2013.Total sales were also up by 3.6%.Whiteside said: “The strong performance that we reported in our September IMS has continued. Trading conditions have remained helpful, but there is no doubt that customers are also responding to improvements in our product and service offer and to the investment we are making in the shop environment.“Whilst there is still much to play for over the final few weeks of the year, we currently anticipate that full-year profits will be ahead of analysts’ expectations.”The company said it would also update the market following its Christmas trading period and ahead of its full-year results.last_img read more

If you only go to one auction on Saturday, make it this dream home

first_img27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051“Positioned in a secluded pocket of Newmarket, its location provides all the amenities you would expect in a prestigious inner Brisbane suburb — moments to a selection of parklands, cinemas and dining precincts at Newmarket, Wilston Village, the CBD and airport.” 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051IF you only go to one auction on Saturday, make it this one – a character inner city home that’s been jettisoned into the 21st century with a stunning redesign.The five bedroom, three bathroom home, at 27 Mark St, Newmarket, sits in a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by parklands. It has a grand facade that’s matched by exquisite interior detailing and plenty of space. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051A timber-finished island bench top, European appliances, butler’s pantry, pendulum lights and quaint window seat feature in the kitchen, while white French bi-fold doors open to an expansive deck with integrated seating, a bar and an outdoor shower, along with views across a grassy back yard to an in-ground pool. 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051It’s set to go under the hammer at 4,30pm Saturday February 25, according to agent Debora Sutton of Belle Property Wilston.Its exterior draws upon yesteryear elegance with established gardens, a white picket fence, stone pathway, stained glass windows and a large deck made from natural timber. 27 Mark Street Newmarket Qld 4051The three other bedrooms have ducted airconditioning, timber floors, built-in wardrobes and traditional stained glass windows and VJ walls, with one of these bedrooms also opening through double doors to a shared balcony that catches cooling breezes and suburban views.A bathroom is also located on the level, and includes a separate shower and bath.center_img 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051Other features of the property include an external storage shed.Ms Sutton said the house had been transformed to provide the perfect mix of character, charm and modern luxury.“This architecturally designed residence’s interior detailing, unrivalled space and year-round entertaining areas are sure to captivate families, couples and investors. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051Back inside, four more bedrooms occupy the house’s first floor, including the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and luxurious ensuite with rain shower. 27 Mark St, Newmarket Qld 4051More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoInside, a ground-floor hallway leads past a garage, a bedroom with built-in wardrobes and deck access, a bathroom and laundry.At the end of the hall is an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space with 5m-high raked ceilings, polished timber floors, white VJ walls, ceiling fans and skylights.last_img read more

Watch Andre Ayew’s brilliant assist for Swansea in 1-1 draw with Preston North End [VIDEO]

first_imgGhanaian forward, Andre Ayew, was significantly involved over the weekend as Swansea came from behind to snatch a 1-1 draw at Preston North End.Despite an impressive start to the game where Swansea had several chances to take the lead, including an Ayew header, the away side went behind in the first half.Scott Sinclair bent a wonderful finish into the back of the net to give Swansea the lead.However, Swansea found an equaliser, a well-worked one which involved Gallagher and Ayew exchanging passes before the Ghanaian, through on goal had his ball across deflected into Brewster’s path with the striker finding the net.It was Andre’s fourth assist of a stellar season in which he’s also scored 10 league goals.Check out his assist here:last_img read more