French Connection has posted its results for the six months to 31st July and these show that like-for-like first half sales were up by 1.4 per cent whereas its group revenues had declined by 12.2 per cent to £51 million attributable to its store closures as well as a change to the timing of its wholesale deliveries. The operating loss for the period fell marginally to £5.3 million from £5.5 million.
Stephen Marks, chairman & chief executive of French Connection commented: “I am pleased that the changes we have made to the business over the last few years continue to move us forward. There is no doubt that progress had not been helped by the trading conditions in which we operate in the UK, although our retail performance has been resilient, overall the wholesale business is strong, and we continue to see good stability in the licence income.”
The retail group also confirmed that it is extending its strategic review and formal sales process until the end of the year due to there being ongoing discussions with interested parties. Stating: “We believe that further time is required to bring the process to a successful conclusion and expect the process to be concluded by the end of our current financial year.”