Howden boosts kitchen sales

BRITISH kitchen-unit supplier Howden Joinery Group said it expected 2010 pretax profit to beat current market expectations comfortably after sales rose and margins improved in the second half of the year.

The company, which supplies kitchen units to small builders, said in an update on trading for the twelve months to 25 December that the business was on track to post pretax profit well above the £88m to £94m range currently forecast by analysts. Total sales from its depots for the year rose 5.1 per cent to £795.1m compared to 2009.