Keyword results: retailer plc – interims, how will it trade with cost pressures in a more normalised consumer environment?

Arts, crafts, stationery, toys and books retailer TheWorks (WRKS) has announced results for its half-year ended 31st October 2021 and an update on subsequent trading which currently has helped the shares up by more than 14% to 64.6p, a £40.4 million market cap. So what’s the story?… plc – trading reflecting ‘strong strategic progress’…or weak comparatives? plc (WRKS) has made a half-year trading update emphasising trading “stronger than expected, with a two-year LFL sales increase of 14.5% and total two-year sales growth of 17.9%… reflects the increasing appeal of The Works’ proposition and the strong progress in implementing our strategy” and “net cash of £17.8m at the period end, an increase of £17.0m during H1 FY22”. With the shares at 58p, is this value at a current £36.25 million market cap?…

Card Factory – “pleased to update… exceeded our initial expectations”… but just how creditable is this?

Self-styled “the UK’s leading specialist retailer of greeting cards, dressings and gifts” Card Factory (CARD“is pleased to update the market on its trading performance and financial position” – and the shares have currently responded to above 45p, approaching 8% higher…

TheWorks – “continues to be confident in The Works' proposition”?...

Retailer of arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery TheWorks (WRKS) has updated including “the company plans to re-open 465 stores across England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland next week and will look to re-open its remaining stores in Scotland and Wales as soon as possible thereafter” and “the board continues to be confident in The Works' proposition and the re-opening of its stores significantly improves its trading outlook”… and the shares have currently responded higher to 26.4p...

TheWorks – ‘appropriate liquidity in place’?...

Retailer of arts, crafts, toys, books and stationery TheWorks (WRKS) has updated on its year ended 26th April 2020, initially emphasising a return to positive momentum in the second half… “prior to the COVID-19 outbreak”...

Shoe Zone – a 5:05pm “Proposed Cancellation of Dividend / COVID-19 Update”...

A 5:05pm “Proposed Cancellation of Dividend / COVID-19 Update” from value footwear retailer Shoe Zone (SHOE) – this with the shares down from approaching 190p in February but up from recent lows towards 60p, at 75p…


Food And Fab Gear Keep this British Jumbo Buoyant in the Stormy Retail Sea

Hello, Share Pullers. Food and clothing don’t usually go together but they do in the case of Associated British Foods (ABF) and Primark. The food bit owns the fab gear bit. And Primark, which often seems to be crammed with shoppers both young and old, could be propelling British Foods along...


High Street Woes Could Make Halfords Shares Wobble Along the Road

Hello, Share Bunnies. A famous high street store with a fine tradition is the bicycle king Halfords (HFD). It also does healthy items like camping gear, electric bikes and kids’ scooters. So it’s with some sadness that I am still avoiding the shares. And that’s mainly because the situation facing our big retail chains is just not getting any better. Sir Philip Green’s empire has just reported big losses, for example...


Get on your bike...but don't buy Halfords

Away from being an investment geek and spending time with the family, one of my favourite hobbies is cycling. Like a complete sad-o, for the last ten days or so, I have been putting my static bike in front of the TV and pedalling away whilst watching highlights of the Vuelta (the three week grand tour of Spain for pro-cyclists) but it is getting out and about in the fresh air on the bike that does it for me. So I know a little bit about cycling and my personal consumer view of the space is: I don't need to go to Halfords (HFD)...

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Dogs And Cats Work their Magic on Humans - and Pets at Home

Hello Share Treaders. A 30-year-old retailer that I’ve commended to your further scrutiny before seems to be gaining ground. Pets at Home (PETS) is a seller of stuff for pets. It combines this popular area with vet surgeries in its stores...

The Prospects of this Profitable Animal Looker-Afterer Could Be More Understandable than its Name

Hello, Share Carriers. Despite having one of the most tautological names on the stock market, Pets at Home (PETS) seems to be on the right track for a higher share price (tautology, of course, is saying the same thing twice and where else would you have your pets, but at home?)...

Hotel Chocolat – “pleased to report continued progress”… but sufficient for the valuation?

Angus Thirlwell, co-founder and CEO of “premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) is “pleased to report continued progress for the Hotel Chocolat brand during the 26 weeks to 30 December 2018” – and the shares have responded currently approaching 3% higher to 315p. How do the results and outlook compare to a present more than £355 million market cap?...


Greggs – earnings upgrade & further upgrade potential… but this valuation?

Following a trading update yesterday which helped the shares up from circa 1600p towards 1800p, shares in “the leading bakery food-on-the-go retailer in the UK, with over 1,950 retail outlets throughout the country”, Greggs (GRG) currently remain above 1750p following research updates…

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Hotel Chocolat – argues “another strong Christmas”, but how’s the outlook v. the valuation?

“Premium British chocolatier and omni-channel retailer”, Hotel Chocolat (HOTC) has updated on the 13 weeks ended 30th December including “this was another strong Christmas for Hotel Chocolat” and adding “trading since December continues to be in line with management's expectations”. What are expectations though?, and how do they compare to the valuation? – the shares currently circa 5% higher on the day, above 280p – capitalising the company at approaching £320 million…


What's next for Next? Online Sales Seem Set to Soar Even More

Hello, Share Tweakers. Next (NXT) is another retailer that realises online sales are becoming more dominant over high street stores. And that has paid off. A last-minute burst of computerised Christmas shopping has been especially beneficial, according to the clothing giant.

This Tasty Firm is No Chocolate Teapot

Hello Share Snatchers. What is it about the taste of chocolate? I never met anyone who didn’t love the stuff. And I reckon it’s pretty addictive. Otherwise, why should we eat nearly the whole box once we taste the first choccy?

Shoe Zone - buy on results

UK value footwear retailer, Shoe Zone (SHOE) has announced results for its year ended 1st October 2016, that it has made a “solid start” to its current year and that “the board remains positive for the outlook of the group”.


ASOS's Galloping Success Is Astounding - But Can It Last?

Hello Share Bashers. Uncle Tom recently run an interesting compilation of tips from writers on this monumental website. He invited us to think of companies which might emulate the astounding success of shares in ASOS (ASC), the big on-line fashion outlet.

Shoe Zone - no slip up with results

Value footwear retailer with 518 stores across the UK and Ireland, Shoe Zone (SHOE) has announced results for its half year ended 2nd April 2016 and that “the group has traded in line with management's expectations since the period end and the board continues to look to the future with confidence”. Its another solid share tip from us but there is more to come.

The Top End of the Rag Trade May Suit You Sir or Madam. Ref:Burberry

Hello Share Swingers. I hope you had a thrilling Christmas. My dice with death came when a car broke down on the level crossing of a train I was travelling in. If the driver had not been alert in the dark fog, a Mack Sennet moment might have caused the deaths of scores of us. So however badly our shares turn out in 2016, we should remember that there are worse risks facing us every day of the year.

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