Family-run footwear chain Charles Clinkard has recorded a 9.1% rise in like-for-like sales to £15.6m for the six months to July 31.
The business, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, grew sales by £1.4m in the first half and forecasts that pre-tax profits for 2014 will be up 20% on last year.
Pre-tax profits at the end of the last financial year on February 28 were £1.3m.
Managing director Charles Clinkard said: “It’s a strong start to the year and is validation that customers are remaining loyal to a company they know and love. We have built a strong reputation by providing excellent customer service and quality products to generations of families and we want to thank our customers for their loyal support.”
The company opened its first store in Middlesbrough in 1924 and now has 33 across the UK including Bristol, York, Glasgow and Newcastle.
This year it has installed an £800,000 IT system across all branches and its head office to improve response times for customers.
As part of its anniversary celebrations, Charles Clinkard is running a ‘win shoes for a year’ competition, with 300 pairs of Gabor, Rieker and Clarks shoes up for grabs. Customers are invited to upload a picture of themselves wearing shoes bought in one of its stores to the competition website and a winner is selected each month.