Feb 16 British fashion and homeware retailer
Laura Ashley Holdings Plc said pretax net profit for the
year ending in June 2017 would fall below market expectations
due to tough trading conditions.
Total group sales fell 2.5 percent to 146 million pounds,
for the 26 weeks to Dec. 31, while like-for-like retail sales
fell 3.5 percent in the period.
The company said it continued to face challenges such as
failure to meet sales and margin targets, maintain and raise its
market share and to optimise its store portfolio.
(Reporting by Rahul.B and Sanjeeban Sarkar in Bengaluru;
Editing by Amrutha Gayathri)