CJ LANG POSTS STRONG CHRISTMAS SALES

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Dundee-based SPAR wholesaler and retailer CJ Lang & Son Ltd recorded strong sales over the Christmas period.

Supplying over 300 SPAR stores in Scotland, the wholesaler saw delivered sales to independent SPAR retailers increase by 8.9% in the four weeks to 4 Jan 2020. In addition, like for like retail sales for company owned stores were up 4.4% over the same period.

Colin McLean, CEO of CJ Lang said: “We are pleased with how trading went over the Christmas period. As the SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, we are focused on providing our customers with award winning SPAR own label products, together with the best Scottish local ranges and deals to give them a real reason to shop in our stores.”

Year-on-year growth at the wholesale and retail business has been driven by a strong licensed offer, food-to-go implementation and soft drinks.

McLean added: “We had a good Christmas trading performance across our SPAR Scotland company owned stores, on the back of very strong sales growth the previous year. This success, alongside our overall solid performance in 2019, will ensure that we continue to attract new independent business in 2020.

“The growth in turnover confirms we are driving positive change, as outlined in our strategy last year. We would like to thank our customers and staff for all their continued support.

“We are looking forward to sharing our performance and exciting future plans with our retailers and suppliers at our SPAR Scotland Tradeshow on 26 March in Aviemore,” he said.