Locked down European customers bought big-screen TVs, food preparation gizmos and health and appeal devices, handing Dixons Carphone‘s 11% more earnings from offering electrical products over the Christmas trading duration than a year previously.
The merchant, which owns the Currys PC World brand, said computing and gaming products were likewise big sellers during the festive period and online sales had grown by more than 120%.
Internet sales development was highest in the group’s Greek business, where it skyrocketed 366%.
In the UK, Dixons Carphone has not been classified as an important seller, indicating that its shops have been closed during lockdowns. But Alex Baldock, its chief executive, hailed the company’s boost in online sales.
“We’re winning online, where we’re the biggest and fastest-growing professional innovation retailer in all our markets. And even where stores have actually been closed, our work to bring the best of digital and physical shopping to every customer has flourished in such developments as our one-hour drive-thru order and gather and ShopLive,” Baldock stated.
The merchant said its revenue from cellphone sales dropped by 40% in the UK and Ireland throughout the period, although it said this was as anticipated, following its decision last April to close all 531 standalone Carphone Discount store, with the loss of 2,900 jobs.
The company said it would launch a brand-new mobile deal this year.
Dixons Carphone approximated in December the expense of Covid-related disturbance, consisting of shop closures and additional spending on precaution, to be ₤ 155m. However, the business stated at the time the unfavorable effect had been minimized to ₤ 10m by government support.
Unlike the country’s biggest supermarkets, Dixons Carphone has said it has no plans to pay back business rates relief it has actually gotten, which was worth ₤ 34m as much as the end of October. This is despite the business having reported a profit prior to interest and tax of ₤ 95m in the six months to the end of October.