PizzaExpress and Ask boost half-year sales by 8%

13 January 2006 by
PizzaExpress and Ask boost half-year sales by 8%

Gondola Holdings, owner of PizzaExpress, Ask and Zizzi, has boosted total sales by 8.2% since June last year.

Like-for-like sales in the first 28 weeks of its current financial year (from 27 June 2005) grew by 4%.

The group, which floated on the London Stock Exchange last November, performed particularly well in the eight weeks to 8 January 2006.

Over Christmas and the New Year, it lifted total sales by 8.2% and like-for-like sales by 5.2%.

Company chief financial officer Chris Heath said: "We are delighted that out focus on providing fresh, high-quality food and excellent customer service in a stylish restaurant environment is continuing to deliver strong results."

Gondola currently has 504 restaurants, including 314 Pizza Expresses, 109 Asks and 74 Zizzis, the majority (58%) in high streets.

The group sees scope for at least another 300 of its three core brands in the UK and Ireland, and plans to open 25 restaurants in its current financial year, with 30 the year after.

By Angela Frewin

Get your copy of Caterer and Hotelkeeper every week - click here to subscribe and save 25%.

Sudoku Join the craze and play Sudoku online!
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking