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Mulberry losses widen as it takes 2.1m hit from HoF collapse

07 Nov 18

LONDON (ShareCast) - (Sharecast News) - Interim losses at luxury handbag maker Mulberry widened while revenues slid as the company took a hit from the collapse of House of Fraser.
In the six months to 30 September, underlying pre-tax losses deepened to 3.6m from 0.6m in the same period a year ago as the group incurred one-off costs of 2.1m due to the HoF collapse and 2.5m for its launch in Korea.

Total revenue declined 8% in the half to 68.3m and net cash was 12.1m versus 16.4m last year.

On a like-for-like basis, UK retail sales were down 7%, but total UK retail sales including House of Fraser were 11% lower. Meanwhile, international sales were up 13% to 12.4m as the company benefited from revenue generated in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan following the acquisition of these key Asian territories and expansion of the store network.

As far as current trading is concerned, UK retail LFL sales were down 7% in the six weeks to 3 November and Mulberry said it expects to make an underlying pre-tax profit for the year to 31 March 2019, excluding one-off costs.

Chief executive officer Thierry Andretta said: "We are delivering on the strategy to develop Mulberry as a global luxury brand with new subsidiaries in Korea and Japan, the creation of digital partnerships in China and the additions to our own store network in Asia.

"In the UK, our most important market, we are pleased to have signed a concession agreement with John Lewis & Partners, advancing our direct to consumer reach. We are proud to be the largest manufacturer of luxury leather goods in the UK and remain committed to supporting 'Made in England' through our two Somerset factories."

Andretta said the group is well positioned for the Christmas trading period, which as ever, will determine the full year result.

At 0930 GMT, the shares were down 3.9% to 299p.

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Currency UK Pounds
Price 282.00p
Change Today -9.00p
52 Week High 320.00p
52 Week Low 249.00p
Volume 1,703
Shares Issued 60.08m
Market Cap 169.42m


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