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Company Description of Dewhirst Group Plc

Company Description of Dewhirst Group Plc

Dewhirst Group Plc manufactures and distributes clothing and toiletries. Operations are carried out in the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Morocco and Indonesia. Manufacture of clothing accounted for 91% of revenues for the year ended 14th Jan 2000 and toiletries accounted for 9%.

Competitor Analysis

Dewhirst Group Plc operates in the Diversified Apparel Mfrs. sub-industry, which is a sub sector of the Apparel & Textiles industry. They supply clothing to companies such as Marks & Spencer’s and also police uniform. This analysis compares Dewhirst Group Plc with, Worthington Group Plc (2000 sales: £26.47 million of which 100% was Textile Products). Worthington Group Plc manufactures, imports and distributes sewing threads, narrow textile fabrics, pocketing, waistbands, specialist linings, buttons, shoulder pads, interlinings, elastics and other trimmings and accessories. The clothing, home furnishing and industrial markets uses these products. All of the group's subsidiary undertakings are registered and operates in the United Kingdom.

Sales Analysis

Dewhirst Group Plc reported sales of £380.40 million for the year ending January of 2000. This represents a very small increase of 0.06% versus 1999, when the company's sales were £380.15 million. Sales at Dewhirst Group Plc have increased during each of the previous five years (and since 1994, sales have increased a total of 54%).

Recent Sales at Dewhirst Group Plc

247 279 316 364 380 380

1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999

(Figures in Millions of Pounds Sterling)

Just over half of the company's 1999 sales were in its home market of the United Kingdom: in 1999, this region's sales were £198.13 million, which is equivalent to 52.1% of total sales. In 1999, sales in Morocco were up at a rate that was much higher than the company as a whole: in this region, sales increased 35.3% to £88.76 million. Dewhirst Group Plc also experienced significant increases in sales in Malaysia (up 17.4% to £30.89 million). Although the company's overall sales increased, sales were not up in all regions of the world: sales in the company's home market of the United Kingdom were down 16.4% (to £198.13 million) and sales in Rest of Europe fell 18.2% (to £29.10 million) and sales in Rest of World fell 19.4% (to £1.42 million).

Dewhirst Group Plc currently has 14,749 employees. With sales of £380.40 million, this equates to sales of £25, 791 per employee. This is lower than the Worthington Group Plc whose sales per employee equated to £29...

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