Economy

Profits fall at John Lewis in hard market

Profits fall at John Lewis in hard market

Pre-tax profits at John Lewis halved in the first half of the year, dropping to £26.9m.

John Lewis said falling consumer demand and cost increases following the pound's slump have damaged half year profits.

In addition, we will incur higher pension accounting charges in the second half year, as a result of low market interest rates.

"These have dampened customer demand, especially in categories connected to the housing market".

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Pretax profit excluding exceptional costs still fell by 4.8% to GBP83.3 million, as operating profit before exceptional costs growth of 10% at John Lewis failed to offset an 18% decline in operating profit before exceptional costs at Waitrose.

That works out to a £7m improvement in profit estimates, says Wild, adding that "annual profit will still be lower than a year ago, even in the best-case scenario".

Sir Charlie said the group suffered in categories linked to the housing market, which has exhibited a marked slowdown since the European Union referendum. Against that backdrop, our market share gains in fashion stood out. This has included: "changing the way we operate Waitrose branches, creating new flexible team structures with broader responsibilities; further changes in John Lewis to adapt the business for the future; and moving from divisional to Partnership functions across Finance, Personnel and IT".

A sharp fall in the value of sterling since last year's Brexit vote, combined with below-inflation pay increases, has also eaten into household budgets in Britain, forcing shoppers to tighten their belts and become more price-conscious.

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Despite a "challenging market", the firm delivered gross sales of £2.07bn, up 2.3%, and 0.1% higher like-for-like sales.

Revenue, however, rose to GBP4.78 billion from GBP4.67 billion, as like-for-like sales at John Lewis rose by 0.7% and like-for-likes at Waitrose were up 0.1%.

Looking ahead, Sir Charlie said: "Sales growth has continued in the first few weeks of the second half".

"The exchange rate driven increase in cost prices has also put pressure on margin".

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However, there were what Ellison calls "glimmers of hope" for the United Kingdom retail sector, with Next upgrading its forecast for its full year profits and sales, recovering from pre-tax profits slumping 10% in the six months prior.


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