Meanwhile, specialist car retailer HR Owen (AM100, No 17) posted interim profits up 35 per cent on 2001 to £2.34m, despite a £31m drop in turnover to £250.6m.
Jacks says strong new and used car sales, up 61 per cent and 32 per cent respectively, were boosted by a better than expected performance from the aftersales division, where profits rose 51 per cent on the same period last year.
Jacks chairman Dato' Tan Key Hock says the group is strengthening its relationships with key partner Ford Premier Automotive Group and hopes to conclude the purchase of a Land Rover business in Crawley from Southern Counties by the end of the month. HR Owen blames disposals, including the Mercedes-Benz showroom in London, for £31m drop in turnover.
The dealer group says it is continuing to focus on upmarket and specialist brands and strengthening relationship with fewer core manufacturers.
- Lookers financial director Allan Marston has resigned from his position. He will be replaced by David Dyson, presently Lookers motor division finance director.