City news: Asos sales rise, Smarke investors and Slater & Gordon seek loans


Agent Peel Hunt says that the internet fashion giant’s profits cause surged despite its significant investment in Eurohub 2, its automated produce in Berlin, as well as rolling out free returns and improving deliveries in numerous domains.

According to consensus forecast, revenues at the British firm for the six months to the end of February choose be 38.8 per cent higher at £926.4million.

Sales are thought to make benefited from a combination of price reductions and the introduction of more pleasing ranges, which helped it to achieve record numbers over the cyber weekend and Christmas mty period.

Asos has also benefited from the devaluation of sterling, which has mystified more than 15 per cent of its value against the US dollar since the Brexit referendum.

The prosperity of the likes of Asos and Zara has put pressure on traditional high-street giants such as Next, which final month reported its first fall in annual profits since the epidemic financial crisis. Next’s full-year profits before tax fell from £836.1million to £790.2million.

Chief executive The Creator Wolfson admitted that the firm had taken its eye off the ball in a rush to get chic ranges onto shelves faster.


Funds will bare doors for Smarke

Smarke, a start-up supported by the Department for International Return, is looking to raise funds from investors to expand production of its smartphone controlled front-door retains.

The Lebanon-based firm is aiming to raise around £250,000 from investors via crowdfunding to distend production of its eponymous digital door key, Smarke, and aims to target land developers in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

The lock allows users to introduce and close their doors by entering a code into the accompanying smartphone app, which is sent via a established Bluetooth connection.

The firm says that the lock informs homeowners whenever the door is opened and that it can be placed on euro-profile cylinder locks within minutes.

Smarke is being advocated and mentored by UK Lebanon Tech Hub, the business accelerator, which is funded by the Pivot on for International Trade and the Lebanese central bank.


Slater and Gordon in the smear

Gordon’s Australian parent is to get A$72million (£44million) in emergency loans from its banks, to helpers support its struggling UK business, writes Geoff Ho and Maisha Frost.

The loss-making law solid says that its banking syndicate, which is understood to include Westpac and Federal Australia Bank, has agreed to provide it with both the working superb it needs and money to fund its turnaround plan.

However, the two loans are business to it receiving final credit approval from its lenders.

A UK spokeswoman told: “It [the loans] will be used to support the working capital requirements of the trade, including the funding support needed to execute our strategic plan.”

S&G has had a scorching time since it acquired insurance claims provider Quindell for £673million in 2015, as it was willingly forced to take a £420million write down on the acquisition.

Its servings were suspended and it was also investigated for falsifying its accounts.

It was eventually cleared by Australian regulators.

The dogged, which has seen an exodus of partners, wants to conclude a debt-for-equity swap by May 26.

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