WH Smith Plc


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Half Year 2021 WH Smith PLC Earnings Release

Latest Developments


WH Smith FY Revenue Fell 32% To 553 Mln Stg

WH Smith Plc Appoints Nicky Dulieu To Board

WH Smith To Restructure UK Store Operations, Cuts 1,500 Jobs


About WH Smith Plc

WH Smith PLC is a United Kingdom-based retailer in convenience, books and news for travelling customers. The Company is a high street stationer, bookseller and newsagent. The Company operates through two segments: High Street and Travel. The Company's Travel business sells its products to cater for people on the move or in need of a convenience offer. The Travel business operates from approximately 768 units mainly in airports, railway stations, motorway service areas and hospitals. The High Street business sells a range of Stationery (including greetings cards, general stationery, art and craft, and gifting), News and Impulse (including newspapers, magazines, confectionery and drinks) and Books. The High Street business operates from approximately 612 High Street stores. The Company's digital business operates through two Websites: and It also operates across Australia, South East Asia, India and the Middle East.


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Contact Info

Greenbridge Road


United Kingdom


Executive Leadership

Henry S. Staunton

Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Carl Cowling

Group Chief Executive, Executive Director

Robert Moorhead

Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director

Ian Houghton

Legal Director, Company Secretary

Nicky Dulieu

Independent Non-Executive Director

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WH Smith sees recovery in North America after pandemic-hit year

WH Smith <SMWH.L> said on Thursday it has started to see signs of recovery in North America as it opens stores and secures new business, after coronavirus-led curbs led to an annual headline pretax loss for the British retailer.

WH Smith may cut up to 1,500 jobs as virus triggers restructuring

British retailer WH Smith <SMWH.L> said on Wednesday it could cut up to 1,500 jobs as part of a restructuring of its UK store operations, due to significantly fewer customers at its travel and high street shops despite easing coronavirus restrictions.

WH Smith could cut 1,500 jobs in UK restructuring

British retailer WH Smith said on Wednesday it could cut up to 1,500 jobs as part of a restructuring of its UK store operations due to a coronavirus-driven fall in customers at its travel and high street shops.

WH Smith's travel sales plunge as virus shuts airports, train stations

British retailer WH Smith <SMWH.L> on Thursday said total revenues plunged 85% in April as sales at its airport and train station shops and kiosks were hit by government travel restrictions to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

WH Smith sees book sales surge as closures hammer results

WH Smith reported an 85% slump in group sales in April on Thursday, slightly better than its earlier forecast as a 400% rise in online book sales helped offset some of the damage of mass coronavirus closures of its kiosks and stores.

UPDATE 1-Britain's WH Smith launches 13.7% equity raise amid coronavirus crisis

British retailer WH Smith said on Monday it was placing shares of about 13.7% of the company's ordinary share capital to get it through the coronavirus crisis.

BRIEF-WH Smith Expects April Group Revenue To Be Down By About 90%


Britain's WH Smith to raise equity to get it through coronavirus crisis

British books, newspaper and stationery retailer WH Smith said on Monday it had secured new lending facilities of 120 million pounds ($147 million) to get it through the coronavirus crisis which are conditional on raising new equity.

Coronavirus hits sales at WH Smith's airport shops

Sales at WH Smith's <SMWH.L> stores in British airports have slumped by 35% as the coronavirus outbreak curbs travel, potentially denting its profit by up to 40 million pounds ($51 million) this year, the British retailer said.

WH Smith sees 40 mln stg profit hit from coronavirus

British retailer WH Smith said the impact of coronavirus on its stores in airports, stations and the high street could hit its full-year underlying profit by between 30 million and 40 million pounds ($38-51 million).

UPDATE 2-Travel-food group SSP tumbles as coronavirus hits sales

British travel-food company SSP warned of a 50% fall in February sales across the Asia Pacific region as the coronavirus outbreak drove a collapse in domestic and international air travel, sending its shares to a more than two-year low.

UPDATE 1-WH Smith sales boosted by travel demand, U.S. acquisitions

WH Smith said on Wednesday sales in the 20-week period including Christmas rose 7%, as more customers shopped at its outlets in airports and railway stations, but turmoil on the British shopping streets led to lower like-for-like sales.

WH Smith to buy Marshall Retail for $400 million in U.S. airports push

British retailer WH Smith Plc <SMWH.L> made its second major foray into U.S. airports on Thursday with a $400 million purchase of Marshall Retail Group, expanding in a fast-growing segment and sending its shares up 5%.

WH Smith posts 7% rise in annual pretax profit, to buy Marshall Retail Group

WH Smith Plc on Thursday reported a 7% increase in annual pretax profit and said it would buy Marshall Retail Group for about $400 million to expand internationally.

UPDATE 1-WH Smith says to meet expectations for year, cites stellar travel unit

WH Smith Plc said on Wednesday it was set to meet its fiscal year results expectations, bolstered by solid sales at its stores in airports and railway stations.

REFILE-WH Smith travel unit shines, expects annual outcome to meet expectations

British books, stationery and newspaper chain WH Smith Plc said on Wednesday its stores at airports and railway stations performed well in the year, helping it expect an annual outcome in line with its expectations.

BUZZ-WH Smith: "Mixed" summer to boost high street demand - RBC

** Shares of British books, stationery and newspaper chain up about 2% at 20 pounds

UPDATE 1-WH Smith chief Clarke steps down, shares fall

WH Smith Plc announced the departure of Chief Executive Officer Stephen Clarke after six years in charge on Tuesday, as the British books, stationery and newspaper chain reported another double-digit rise in sales in the third quarter.

WH Smith CEO to step down, third quarter sales rise

WH Smith Plc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Clarke has decided to step down, the British books, stationary and newspaper chain said on Tuesday as it reported a rise in third-quarter sales.

WH Smith shares up 5 percent on deal for U.S. chain InMotion

British books, newspaper and stationery seller WH Smith took a step into U.S. airports on Tuesday by buying digital accessories retailer InMotion for 155 million pounds ($198.40 million), pushing its shares 5 percent higher in early trade.

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