Next NXT issues a stark warning about current profits and the level of both this years and next years sales. It failed to live up to its own expectations for 4th quarter sales in the face of what it describes as exceptional levels of uncertainty. Between the 1st November and 24th December sales fell by 0.4%. For the year to 24th December they fell by 1.1% even after taking into account new selling space. Even worse, end of season Sales were down by 7%. Group profit before tax for the full year to 17th January is now expected to be down by 3.6% and the downturn is expected to continue with a further warning that the company is budgeting for full price sales for 2017-18 to be down by a further 4.5%.
Ryanair RYA On the back of lower fares, December traffic surged by 20% to 9m passengers with load factor rising by 3% over a year ago. Even lower fares are promised for the coming summer.
Staffline Group STAF has experienced strong second half trading and expects full year profits to be announced on 25th January, will be in line.
Spectra Systems SPSY Expects that profits for the year to 31st December will significantly exceed expectations, with revenue also ahead.