FINLAND: Kesko Q2 profit dives
Finnish retailer Kesko said today (24 July) that its second-quarter profits halved as consumers reigned in spending due to the economic downturn.
Second-quarter operating profit fell 50% to EUR42.7m (US$60.7m), despite an EUR6.3m one-time gain from property divestments.
"The smaller year-on-year operating profit ... is due to a weakened demand in the building and home improvement trade, the car and machinery trade, and the home and speciality goods trade," Kesko said.
Kesko said pre-tax profit plummeted to EUR38m, down from EUR81m in the year-ago period.
April-to-June net sales fell 16% to EUR2.1bn, down from EUR2.5bn last year.
"As a result of the weakening of the real economy, the outlook for the near future remains uncertain," Kesko said.
Retaining its full-year outlook, Kesko added it expected its full-year sales and operating profit excluding one-offs to be below those seen last year.
Finnish retail group Kesko hopes to acquire Carrefour's Russian hypermarkets, according to Kesko chief financial officer Aria Talma....
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