LONDON Jan 21 Carphone Warehouse,
Europe's biggest independent mobile phone retailer, reiterated
full-year earnings guidance after posting a rise in third
quarter revenue at its main CPW Group business.
Sales at CPW Group stores open over a year rose 3.1 percent
in the three months to Dec. 28, the firm said on Tuesday.
That compares to analysts' consensus forecast of 2 percent
and second quarter like-for-like growth of 3.6 percent.
CPW UK like-for-like revenue rose 5 percent during the
The firm said its Virgin Mobile France joint venture showed
its resilience with a stable postpay customer base in the
Carphone reiterated its full-year guidance for headline
earnings per share of 17-20 pence, up from 12.3 pence in the
It also reiterated guidance for pro-forma headline earnings
before interest and tax (EBIT) of 140-160 million pounds
($230-263 million) for CPW.
Shares in Carphone, up over a quarter over the last year,
closed Monday at 279.8 pence, giving a market capitalisation of
1.6 billion pounds.