Philip day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group has reported higher profits and expansion in its luxury ops. The multi-brand group made net profit of £23.4m in its latest period with operating margins up to 10.25% from 8.27%.
Bonmarché went into administration as the week ended, with tougher-than-ever trading conditions making a turnaround unlikely. Nearly 2,900 jobs are at risk but its 318 stores will stay open while a buyer is sought.
Buying House of Fraser and ultimately loss-making stakes in firms like Debenhams and MySale may have been a chastening experience for Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley, but it hasn't stopped him from looking for more buys.
Strong demand in mainland China helped Cartier-owner Richemont offset a weaker performance elsewhere in its first quarter, as protests in Hong Kong hit sales, revenues fell in Europe and its watch business faltered.