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North East distributor Baker Furniture says it expects profits to return to 2010–12 levels after it booked more orders in the year to end March and beyond.


While delivered turnover at the privately owned cabinet supplier declined just over 4 per cent to £9.3m in 2013–14, booked business rose double-digit to £10.6m, director Peter Soakell said.


He told the Furnishing Report that orders since March were still running 10 per cent ahead on the prior year, with profits to climb as a result.


2013–14 accounts will show the Middlesbrough based company made just over break-even at the pre-tax line, with delivered sales impacted by a temporary rise in lead times from one of its suppliers.


Lead times have since normalised, with the increased demand and order flow meaning profits are on track to be at least at the level of 2010–12, when the company posted three consecutive profits north of £400k, Mr Soakell added.