LONDON Nov 7 British luxury goods group
Burberry beat forecasts with a 6 percent rise in
first-half profit as its most wealthy shoppers continued to
spend despite a faltering global economy.
The group, best known for its camel, red and black check
pattern, said on Wednesday it made a profit before tax and one
off items of 173 million pounds ($276 million)in the six months
to Sept. 30.
That compared to analyst forecasts of 157-172 million
pounds, with a consensus of 167 million pounds, according to a
company poll, and 162 million pounds in the same period last
Last month Burberry said sales had steadied in the final
weeks of its second quarter, reassuring investors rattled by a
shock profit warning in September.
Total first-half revenue was 883 million pounds, up 8
percent at constant exchange rates, with first quarter growth of
11 percent slowing to 5 percent in the second.
Burberry said guidance for the second half was unchanged
from that issued in October.
However, the firm said the decision to directly operate
fragrance and beauty as a fifth product division from April 1
would be broadly neutral to underlying profit in 2013/14 and
earnings accretive thereafter.
Shares in the firm, down 16 percent over the last six
months, closed Tuesday at 1,240 pence, valuing the business at
5.48 billion pounds.