The group, finest recognized for its leather-based baggage, was struggling attributable to funding prices and a troublesome buying and selling setting in its dwelling market even earlier than the pandemic hit.
After revenue fell 10% within the yr to March 28, it was down 29% for the 26-week interval to September 26, which Mulberry stated was forward of its early expectations. On-line income was up 69%.
“Nevertheless, we can not escape the fact that British luxury and UK cities face a really unsure future, hampered by vital however dramatic social distancing measures and alarmingly low ranges of footfall, in addition to the pressures of excessive rents and enterprise charges and the upcoming modifications to tax free purchasing,” stated Chief Govt Thierry Andretta.
Shares in Mulberry are down 42% thus far this yr. In June the group stated it will shed 1 / 4 of its workforce.
It’s not paying a full yr dividend given the unsure outlook.
On the statutory stage Mulberry’s 2019-20 pretax loss was 33.7 million kilos. That mirrored adjusting gadgets of 33.7 million kilos – primarily asset impairments of 32.1 million kilos, largely ensuing from the anticipated impression of the pandemic on future buying and selling.