UK’s Carpetright narrows loss, says turnaround on track
LONDON (Reuters) – British floor coverings chain Carpetright said its turnaround was on track as it reported a narrowing of 2018-19 losses and returned to underlying sales growth in its new financial year.
Last year Carpetright’s shareholders backed a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring scheme to keep the company alive. The plan closed 80 underperforming stores and cut jobs. The group’s shares are down 42% year-on-year.
The group said on Tuesday it made a statutory pretax loss of 24.8 million pounds in the year to April 27, versus a loss of 69.8 million pounds in 2017-18. Revenue fell 13.4% to 386.4 million pounds.
However, UK like-for-like sales in the first eight weeks of the new financial year were ahead by 8.5%.
(Reporting by James Davey; editing by Kate Holton)