Jamie Oliver’s Italian restaurants boast 30.3% rise in 2012 sales

Jamie Oliver had a fantastic year in 2012, if his company financial results are anything to go by. Oliver's chain of Italian restaurants managed to make £94 million in revenue last year, which was a mammoth 30.3 per cent rise from the previous 12 months.

This means that the restaurant group could enjoy a net profit of £7.76 million by the end of December 31st 2012, after pre-opening costs and the one per cent of net sales that needed to be paid to Jamie Oliver Enterprises.

The company, which recently marked the five-year milestone, celebrated the news by suggesting that this would allow them to create more hospitality jobs in the near future. This comes after the group opened a delicatessen and six new restaurants in the UK in 2012, meaning that it was operating 31 sites by the end of 2012, and it has just launched new venues in Greenwich and Aberdeen. The firm also has very high ambitions internationally, with Jamie's Italian having signed agreements to open up in Russia, Turkey, Brazil, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.

John Jackson, chairman of the Jamie Oliver Group of Companies, said: "In 2013, we will continue our international restaurant expansion and delivering outstanding products with real added value, great customer service and a range of delicious and nutritious meals, as well as recipes to further strengthen and enhance the relationship we have with our valued customers."

This news is in conjunction with Jamie Oliver Holdings also having announced a rise of pre-tax profits of 8.4 per cent in 2012. This latter company operates the chef's book sales, sponsorship deals and TV production firm. This is set to further be boosted by Oliver's 15th book, 'Save with Jamie', and it's accompanying TV show, both of which will be published and aired later this year.

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