Sports Direct issues surprise profit warning after poor Christmas sales

Sports Direct is in trouble after a turbulent Christmas period
Sports Direct is in trouble after a turbulent Christmas period

Troubled firm Sports Direct has taken the stock market by surprise after issuing a profit warning. The company’s annual profits will be up to £40m lower than expected, something Sports Direct is blaming on tough trading on the high street and the warm weather in the run-up to Christmas.

The ‘unseasonably warm weather’ excuse has something of a familiar ring as Next used the same line after revealing disappointing pre-Christmas sales figures earlier in the week. The first weeks of January often see companies begin to sink due to weak Christmas sales.

Bad Press

The bad profit results may also be due to the torrent of bad press that Sports Direct has received over the last few months. Not so long ago The Guardian discovered that the firm pays thousands of temporary workers below the national minimum wage and operates demeaning search policies.

More than £400m was wiped off the value of Sports Direct as shares in the company fell by 12 percent after the news came to light.

The company is due to miss its target for underlying profits of £420m and now expects profits of £380m and £420m for the year to the end of April.

About Robert Leeming

Robert joined the HRreview editorial team in October 2015. After graduating from the University of Salford in 2009 with a BA in Politics, Robert has spent several years working in print and online journalism in Manchester and London. In the past he has been part of editorial teams at Flux Magazine, Mondo*Arc Magazine and The Marine Professional.
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  1. I’m not sure how the unseasonably warm weather has anything to do with CHristmas shopping habits. What did I miss?

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