100-year-old Truworths reports fewer sales and a 7.3% decline in earnings

Truworths logo. Picture: Supplied.

Truworths reported a 7.3% decline in diluted headline earnings per share for the 52-week period ending on 1 July.

Sales fell by 2.7% to R18 billion.

The fashion retailer says the weak economy, increasing levels of unemployment and the ever-rising cost of living explains the results.

Political uncertainty in the UK relating to Brexit negotiations is also negatively affecting the brands it operates there.

The company declared a dividend of R1.59 per share, down from R1.82 in 2017.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Truworths CEO, Michael Mark.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

It’s been tough for at least two years now. You know the reasons…

Michael Mark, Truworths

No, it [product mix] isn’t [the problem]… Retailers are battling at the mainstream end of the market… There is a lot of science behind it…

Michael Mark, Truworths

Truworths has always been very cash generative…

Michael Mark, Truworths

We’ve always tried to always have very low debt… We are pleased that our debt has dropped…

Michael Mark, Truworths

There are a lot of young, poorer customers who can’t open an account… putting in a lay buy offering adds 2% to sales…

Michael Mark, Truworths

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