Wednesday 19 December 2018

Magee firm profits hit €6.7m as Brexit and retail fears rise

Fashion statement: The firm plans to grow sales of the historic brand through selected high-quality retailers throughout Britain and Ireland and online
Fashion statement: The firm plans to grow sales of the historic brand through selected high-quality retailers throughout Britain and Ireland and online
Family fortunes: Lynn Temple and design director, his daughter Charlotte

Gordon Deegan

THE accumulated profits at the firm behind one of the country's best-known clothing brands - Co Donegal-based Magee - last year climbed to €6.7m.

New accounts filed by Magee Clothing Unlimited Co show that the firm recorded a profit of €289,162 in 2017 - a 98pc increase on the profits of €146,061 recorded in 2016.

The firm, which operates  principally across the UK and Ireland, today employs 130.

"Magee continues to grow sales with selected wholesale customers, its own online sales, a new shop in South Anne Street [in Dublin] plus the existing Arnotts concession and the original shop in Donegal since 1866," said Magee clothing chairman Lynn Temple.

On the performance of the business in 2018, Mr Temple said that the company has seen further development of sales. "But consumer confidence in the UK and Ireland continues to be adversely affected by the accelerating changes in high-street retailing and the never-ending uncertainty surrounding the implications of Brexit," he added.

Mr Temple said the company's 2017 performance had also been affected by the weakening in sterling caused by the Brexit referendum result and the market nervousness that followed.

Involved in the business since 1974, Mr Temple states that Magee aims for future growth through selected high-quality retailers throughout Britain and Ireland plus its own online sales and retailing.

The cash pile at Magee Clothing Unlimited Co increased from €75,504 to €137,465. The unit of the Magee business employs 34. Pay to directors last year declined from €317,029 to €282,812, made up of remuneration of €263,750 and pension payments of €19,062.

Magee was established in 1866 by John Magee as a small drapers shop in Donegal buying and selling handwoven tweeds. In 1900 Robert Temple bought the business and today the fourth and fifth generation of the Temple family are at the helm - Lynn, Charlotte, Rosy and Paddy.

Irish Independent

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