Dunelm pays out £51m to investors

Shareholders in the home furnishings retailer Dunelm Mill are to receive a £50.7m payout thanks to strong trading that has seen sales and profits soar. The out-of-town specialist has proposed a special dividend of 25p per share, on top of a 16p full-year dividend. The news came as it posted a 12.3 per cent rise in full-year profit yesterday to £108.1m, driven by 14 new openings in the year. Dunelm said it is now the market leader with 6.9 per cent of the UK homewares market.