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Greggs, which has 11 stores in Northern Ireland, has bolstered sales despite seeing profits take a hit from costs linked to restructuring the business.

Greggs, which has 11 stores in Northern Ireland, has bolstered sales despite seeing profits take a hit from costs linked to restructuring the business.

Greggs, which has 11 stores in Northern Ireland, has bolstered sales despite seeing profits take a hit from costs linked to restructuring the business.

Pastry maker Greggs, which has 11 stores in Northern Ireland, has bolstered sales despite seeing profits take a hit from costs linked to restructuring the business.

The firm said like-for-like sales rose 3.4% in the first half of this year thanks to a strong customer appetite for salads and breakfast food.

However, pre-tax profits dropped 24% to £19.4m over the period as it stomached a £8.3m charge connected to a £100m restructuring drive. The group also saw margins hit by higher import costs, and said it was remaining alert to the squeeze on consumer spending.

Chief executive Roger Whiteside said: "The business has traded in line with our plans during the first half of the year.

"We have made good progress with our strategic plans and remain confident of future prospects although we remain alert to short-term pressures on consumers' disposable income."

Belfast Telegraph