Sunday 18 March 2018

Sports Direct reports worse-than-forecast 15pc drop in profit

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

Paul Sandle

Sports Direct posted a worse-than-expected 15pc drop in annual profit on Thursday, blaming tough conditions on the high street and negative publicity about its working practices.

The company, which is not paying a dividend, said current political uncertainty after Britain voted to leave the European Union last month was likely to act as a continuing drag on consumer confidence.

"When combined with the structural difficulties for UKretailers, including high street footfall, and our exposure to the weakness of the pound against the US dollar, these factors make the current outlook for FY17 somewhat uncertain and therefore hard to predict," the company said in a statement.

Sports Direct reported pretax profit for the year to April 24 of £361.8m, missing its guidance of £380m, on revenue up 2.5pc at £2.9bn.


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