Sales at Dixons Carphone languishing despite surge in demand for flat-screen TVs during World Cup


Sales at Dixons Carphone languishing despite surge in demand for flat-screen TVs during World Cup

City & Finance Reporter for the Daily Mail

Sales at Dixons Carphone are languishing despite a surge in demand for flat-screen TVs during the World Cup.

The retailer, which issued a profit warning in May, said sales stagnated in the 13 weeks to July 28.

Though Dixons Carphone experienced strong demand for televisions as England made it to the semi-finals, electrical sales still came in flat as it struggled to shift PCs and laptops.

Stagnating sales: Dixons Carphone experienced strong demand for televisions as England made it to the semi-finals

Stagnating sales: Dixons Carphone experienced strong demand for televisions as England made it to the semi-finals

Stagnating sales: Dixons Carphone experienced strong demand for televisions as England made it to the semi-finals

Dixons Carphone operates the Currys, PC World and Carphone Warehouse brands and has more than 1,000 stores across the UK. The only region where it saw growth was in Greece where sales were up 9 per cent. It has maintained its full-year forecast of £300m compared with £382m in 2016/17 and £500m a year earlier.

Chief executive Alex Baldock, who took over from Old Etonian Seb James in April, has pledged to overhaul the business and is shutting almost one in ten of its stores.

Zoe Mills, retail analyst at Globaldata, said Dixons Carphone was continuing to fall behind its competitors in electricals.

Sales at rival online electricals retailer AO rose by 8pc in the 13 weeks to June 30. Mills said: ‘Although Dixons Carphone is retaining its market-leading position in the UK for the time being, its competitors have boasted strong positive electricals performances while the specialist has reported another set of weak results, eroding its share of the market.’

Baldock needed to cull stores, particularly in its mobile division, as well as put a greater focus on its ‘Knowhow’ expert customer service offering, Mills added.

It comes after the group suffered a massive customer data breach in July.

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