Coffee Republic has unveiled narrowing losses and “marginally positive” like-for-like sales in the full year to 27 March. It said that a restructuring of the business and the development of its deli concept, which is delivering sales increases in excess of 20% upon conversion, was continuing to benefit the group. For the full year losses narrowed to £1.4m from £1.7m Operating losses were £1.1m, down from £1.6m. Sales were down 20% from £22m to £17.6m following the closures of non-core coffee bars. The estate has been trimmed to 46 sites – three years ago the group operated 107 outlets. The group said that overheads were now 50% of the levels of two years ago. Coffee Republic plans to roll out its deli format through franchises, the first of which is due to open shortly. Bobby Hashemi, co-founder and chairman, said: “The restructuring has created the platform for the final phase of the Coffee Republic’s turnaround, namely franchising as a way of facilitating the roll out of the deli concept.” The company said that like-for-like sales in the current year had softened since July, especially in London, following the terrorist attacks.