Parcel volumes at UK Mail rose 15 per cent in the fourth quarter, the group said in a pre-close trading update.
It said this volume growth was partly driven by an increase in home deliveries related to online shopping, “with a continuation of the mix change towards B2C that we have previously seen”.
Other sectors of the business, Mail, Courier and Pallets, also showed growth, and overall performance for the fourth quarter and the full year is expected to be in line with our previous expectations.
UK Mail is moving to a new hub near Coventry because its existing site in Birmingham will be demolished to make way for HS2. Chief executive
Guy Buswell said the new hub was currently on track to be operational in mid 2015.
“Once completed this new facility will provide us with a strong platform for further volume growth and future operating efficiencies.”