Model train maker Hornby went ahead with the lockdown

Hornby, a model railway company, saw a 33% increase in sales in the six months to the end of September, as more people took part in the lockdown.


Model train maker Hornby went ahead with the lockdown

The firm, which also makes Corgi cars and skeleton racing kits, said the firm has benefited families who spend more time at home.


Not before, Hornby was struggling to make a profit because he had big problems with suppliers.


Boss London Davis praised the results of the otherwise "difficult year".


"We've seen successful and profitable companies come under pressure so far, with losses, closures, and the elimination of share prices.


"Yet we have not only seen this scattered storm, but our sales have increased by 33% in the first half of 2020, and Hornby has shifted to profitability."


He said the firm entered the year with "no idea" how the epidemic would affect business.


All of the firm's offices had to close, and it lost several weeks' supply due to supply chain problems.


But even so, sales jumped from £21.1m to £15.9m last year.


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