Date: Thursday 05 Jul 2012
'Rain, rain, go away' should be the mantra for landscaping products firm Marshalls, which issues a pre-close trading update on Friday.
In its interim management statement in May the firm grumbled about the rainfall in April being an important factor in sales being down that month by £5m on April 2011, so the wettest June in living memory in the UK will not have pleased management.
"Construction markets remain subdued with growth only really visible in larger infrastructure schemes where Marshalls is less well exposed. So, it is unlikely
that we’ll see any market-led improvements," suggests Peel Hunt.
"Marshalls remains very active, however, on self-help measures to underpin the revenue while markets are tough. Ultimate recovery in markets and growth from self-help feeding through to high marginal profitability remains the key attraction," the broker added.
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