Shares in the maker of Mr Kipling cakes, RHM, fell
by 8.62% on Friday after the company revealed a slump in sales of its
cakes and slices.
Mr Kipling's offerings include Battenburg cake
RHM said it expected turnover from cakes to have
dropped by 12% in the six months to the end of October.
The UK food company, whose brands also include Hovis
bread and Bisto gravy, has spent £8m ($14m) so far this year
promoting Mr Kipling products
But RHM said it had been hit by "a slowdown in
the overall cake market"
Shares in the company, which returned to the London
Stock Market in July after a £958m flotation, were down 25p at
265 pence at close.
RHM holds more than 30% of the UK cake market through
its Manor Bakeries division. It also produces Mini Rolls for
confectionery giant Cadbury's and cakes under the Lyons brand name.
But the company admitted that the performance of its
cake division had fallen below its expectations since the company's
flotation earlier this year.
RHM said sales at its other businesses had been
in-line with expectations, with Hovis bread and Bisto gravy achieving
growing market share.
Buckinghamshire-based RHM said it expected first-half
turnover from continuing operations to be little changed from the
£737m it reported last year.