LONDON (Reuters) - Bicycles-to-car-parts group Halfords
The group, which is in the early stages of a 100 million pound three-year turnaround plan, said on Thursday retail sales at stores open over a year rose 6.2 percent in the 15 weeks to January 11, its fiscal third quarter.
That was below strong first half growth of 7.7 percent but ahead of an average analyst forecast for 3.8 percent, according to a Reuters poll.
Like-for-like sales at its Autocentres arm were up 9.2 percent.
Shares in Halfords, which posted a better-than-expected rise in first half profit in November, are up 40 percent in a year as its boss Matt Davies pushes a turnaround focused on investment in staff training, new cycling ranges, store revamps and online.
(Reporting by Kate Holton; editing by James Davey)