Domino's Pizza confident as online sales grow

LONDON Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:08am EDT

A Domino's Pizza is pictured in its box in central London, February 15, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

A Domino's Pizza is pictured in its box in central London, February 15, 2009.

Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest pizza delivery firm Domino's Pizza (DOM.L) reported a 3.7 percent rise in comparable sales in its home market over the last three months, driven by higher online sales, and putting it on track to meet forecasts.

Domino's, which operates the British, Irish, German and Swiss franchises of the global delivery brand, on Wednesday said group sales grew 7.9 percent to 136.4 million pounds ($221.71 million) in the 13 weeks to September 23, its fiscal third quarter.

Higher sales were driven by demand in the UK, where Domino's has just shy of 700 outlets and where people are increasingly ordering pizzas over the internet and mobile phones, with online sales accounting for over half of its delivered sales.

"We have exciting marketing initiatives in place across our markets and we are confident of meeting City consensus earnings for the full year," Chief Executive Lance Batchelor said in a statement.

The company said it expected its German business to be an engine for future growth, as it shrugged off a 2.1 percent decline in underlying sales in Ireland, where it operates 48 stores.

Shares in Domino's, up 20 percent over the last six months, closed at 563 pence on Tuesday, valuing the firm at 913.7 million pounds. ($1 = 0.6152 British pounds)

(Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by James Davey)

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