Linen firm Johnson says workwear volumes at 98%

Johnson Service Group (JSG), the Runcorn-based workwear and textile firm, published an update on trading on Wednesday saying it expects profit before taxation for the year to be in line with market expectations.

“Workwear volumes have remained similar to August, at 98% of normal levels,” said JSG.

“Workwear revenue for the 10 months to 31 October 2021 was £107.1 million (October 2020: £107.6 million). 

“Our sales team had all returned from furlough by May and are gaining momentum in winning new business, with a particular focus on new to rental sales.”

JSG said Hotel, Restaurant and Catering (HORECA) volumes have also remained at a similar level to August, at over 80% of normal.  

“Some of our markets, such as contract catering and airport hotel locations, have not yet returned to normal and continue to lag behind restaurants and hotels which cater more for leisure travellers,” said JSG.

“HORECA revenue for the 10 months to 31 October 2021 was £107.1 million (October 2020: £90.1 million) whilst organic revenue in the 4 months to 31 October 2021 was up 79.2% compared to 2020 and down 14.6% compared to 2019.”

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