Parkson Retail Asia sales fall

Despite contributions from new outlets, Parkson Retail Asia’s department stores have seen third-quarter group revenue fall by 15.6 per cent to S$98.4 million (US$71.5 million), with a 14.4 per cent drop to S$294.6 million for the nine months of its current financial year.

The Parkson Retail Asia sales decline reflects same-store revenues falling in Malaysia and Vietnam, plus the weakness of the Malaysian ringgit resulting in lower figures because of the reporting currency being Singapore dollars.

A pre-tax loss of $7.5 million was recorded by the group for the third quarter, with factors including provision made on loans to managed stores of $4.9 million, and initial losses associated with new stores.

Same-store sales growth in Malaysia fell 17.4 per cent in the third quarter, but figures for the corresponding quarter last year were bolstered by sales before the introduction of a Goods & Services Tax (GST) on April 1 2015. Also, consumer confidence was below the 100-point threshold for the seventh consecutive year, as reported by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research.

Vietnam same-store sales fell 8.2 per cent for the quarter, with a difficult and increasingly crowded retail environment, the company said. For the nine months, a pre-tax loss of $4.9 million has been recorded.

Sales were flat in Indonesia, edging up just 0.1 per cent. However, the company says consumer sentiment is robust with Bank Indonesia reporting the consumer confidence threshold at 111.1 points, a little down on the 119.1 points at the same time last year. For the nine months, a $3.2 million pre-tax loss was recorded.

In Myanmar, Parkson same-store sales fell 7.6 per cent, affected by supplier uncertainty about plans to close the FMI Centre, where the store is located, for re-development. However, a new location has been secured, with the new store expected to open by March.

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