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It's starting to look like Christmas panic! The sea of ​​shoppers inundates Oxford Street and the West End


A sea of ​​shoppers has flooded a final ditch over central London to close deals as retailers brace themselves for a four-day spending spree of £ 5.2 billion as of Friday.

Customers headed to world famous Oxford Street and the West End looking for bargains in less than two weeks until Christmas.

Queues in front of upscale stores like Hermes and Louis Vuitton as well as high heeled Londoners popped up with huge gift bags.

Others shopped at JD Sports, Footlocker TK Maxx and Selfridges as they walked the busy streets of the capital.

According to a new report, 11 million shoppers could panic buying up to £ 5.2 billion on Christmas shopping this weekend in four days.

Meanwhile, London, parts of Essex and Hertfordshire were moved under the third step curb at midnight, with restaurants blasting the move less than 48 hours in advance.

According to a new report, 11 million shoppers could panic buying up to £ 5.2 billion on Christmas shopping this weekend in four days. Pictured: Oxford Street today

Research by VoucherCodes.co.uk and the Center for Retail Research found that £ 2.5 million is being spent in stores every minute. Pictured: Oxford Street today

Research by VoucherCodes.co.uk and the Center for Retail Research found that £ 2.5 million is being spent in stores every minute. Pictured: Oxford Street today

Visitor numbers are expected to grow 12 percent year over year, but total spend is expected to be 3 percent lower than in 2019. Image: Oxford Street today

Visitor numbers are expected to grow 12 percent year over year, but total spend is expected to be 3 percent lower than in 2019. Image: Oxford Street today

Customers headed to world famous Oxford Street and the West End looking for bargains in less than two weeks until Christmas

Customers headed to world famous Oxford Street and the West End looking for bargains in less than two weeks until Christmas

The British are estimated to spend £ 1.55 billion on what is known as 'Frenzied Friday' - £ 1.1 billion in-store and £ 450 million online - up 19 percent in 2019. Picture: Oxford Street Today

The British are estimated to spend £ 1.55 billion on what is known as 'Frenzied Friday' – £ 1.1 billion in-store and £ 450 million online – up 19 percent in 2019. Picture: Oxford Street Today

Russ Gilbert, 58, and Michelle Right, 53, took the day off to do their Christmas shopping on Oxford Street.

Ms. Right said, “We decided to take the day off so we can do all of the family's Christmas shopping. We knew what everyone wanted and made sure the stores we came for were open. & # 39;

Even if the rules changed before Christmas, it wouldn't really affect them, they say. Mr. Gilbert said, “The only difference would be that we have Michelle's mother and father with us for Christmas Day.

“It's a little in the air because they're old, but we had a Covid test this week so we're fine. But if the rules got stricter we'd be able to do it, and we've done really well so far.

“It makes a lot of people our age angry, I can understand that, but there is a reason, doesn't it? It seems that a lot of people blame the people who make these decisions. But they do them for a reason and I am happy to accept that and get the most out of what we have. & # 39;

Shoreditch's 52-year-old Donna Coventry was out with her niece, Kasey Louise, to pick up the last few bits and pieces in case the stores should close.

Ms. Coventry said, “I thought they were closing because they said the third stage lock. If it's tier three, it should only be important deals that are open I think. If the virus is so dangerous, if it is so serious then why should you keep business open?

"We mostly bought online, but sometimes you can't judge things. Then you have to send them back and you lose the delivery fee."

When asked if they thought the rules were getting stricter, Kasey said, “I'm done with the rules. We lost our Nan, who practically died alone, not from the virus, and no one was allowed to attend her funeral because of corona.

"But I can shop in the West End and go to Sainsbury's with 300 people." Both plan to spend Christmas with their family, regardless.

Ms. Coventry said, "The thing is, we have a pretty close family and we've lost the main person, the head of the household, and we have to be together."

Jo Dalcomuna, 44, from Upminster, East London, said: “By chance I have someone to look after my children and that's how I came here.

“If the rules get stricter, I have to cancel some trips because my mother-in-law is from abroad. I would be sad of course, but I would have to because she is at high risk. It's more about her than me. & # 39;

Research by VoucherCodes.co.uk and the Center for Retail Research found that £ 2.5 million is being spent in stores every minute.

The British are estimated to spend £ 1.55 billion on what is known as "Frenzied Friday" – £ 1.1 billion in stores and £ 450 million online – a 19 percent increase from 2019.

Trading is expected to peak on "Super Saturday" in December as 11.5 million descend on the beleaguered high street.

Visitor numbers are expected to grow 12 percent year over year, but total spend is expected to be 3 percent lower than in 2019.

London is expected to lead the money spent fee, bringing in a total of £ 504million on Friday and Saturday, closely followed by the Southeast's spending of £ 485million.

Trading is expected to peak on "Super Saturday" in December as 11.5 million descend on the beleaguered high street. Pictured: Oxford Street today

Trading is expected to peak on "Super Saturday" in December as 11.5 million descend on the beleaguered high street. Pictured: Oxford Street today

Queues in front of upscale stores like Hermes and Louis Vuitton as well as high heeled Londoners popped up with huge gift bags

Queues in front of upscale stores like Hermes and Louis Vuitton as well as high heeled Londoners popped up with huge gift bags

People are queuing outside Louis Vuitton on New Bond Street in central London this morning after last night in London was in the second tier of Covid restrictions

People are queuing outside Louis Vuitton on New Bond Street in central London this morning after last night in London was in the second tier of Covid restrictions

People carry shopping bags outside Selfridges department store on Oxford Street, where stores are allowed to stay open under the newly introduced Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions in London

People carry shopping bags outside Selfridges department store on Oxford Street, where stores are allowed to stay open under the newly introduced Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions in London

People are walking down Oxford Street in central London from Wednesday morning while Tier 3 restrictions apply to the capital

People are walking down Oxford Street in central London from Wednesday morning while Tier 3 restrictions apply to the capital

A large amount of money changing hands are also expected to be seen on Sunday – £ 850 million from 8.5 million buyers – but it's an eight percent decrease from last year.

On Monday, with just four days until December 25, the high street is expected to welcome 11 million customers spending a total of £ 1.3 billion, up 0.8 percent from 2019.

Retail stores and supermarkets are expected to be particularly busy this year as most online retailers can no longer guarantee delivery in time for Christmas.

Anita Naik, Lifestyle Editor at VoucherCodes.co.uk, said: “The last full week before Christmas is always a busy time for retailers, both offline and online.

"After a difficult year for High Street, it is encouraging to see spending is projected to hit £ 2.5 million every minute in the store."

People line up outside Hermes on New Bond Street Wednesday morning while people flock to the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts

People line up outside Hermes on New Bond Street Wednesday morning while people flock to the stores for last-minute Christmas gifts

Others shopped at JD Sports, Footlocker TK Maxx and Selfridges as they walked the busy streets of the capital

Others shopped at JD Sports, Footlocker TK Maxx and Selfridges as they walked the busy streets of the capital

Meanwhile, people were on Oxford Street in Swansea one day when Wales advised that only two households should come together to "create an exclusive Christmas bubble".

Meanwhile, people were on Oxford Street in Swansea one day when Wales advised that only two households should come together to "create an exclusive Christmas bubble".

In Wales (Swansea pictured), Drakeford told the Welsh government: "Here in Wales, only two households should come together to create an exclusive Christmas bubble over the five-day period."

In Wales (Swansea pictured), Drakeford told the Welsh government: "Here in Wales, only two households should come together to create an exclusive Christmas bubble over the five-day period."

Cardiff shoppers walk down the street with shopping bags after picking up some last-minute Christmas presents on Wednesday

Cardiff shoppers walk down the street with shopping bags after picking up some last-minute Christmas presents on Wednesday

After a successful visit to the main street in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday afternoon, people are hauling home purchases from Primark

After a successful visit to the main street in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday afternoon, people are hauling home purchases from Primark

She continued, “Most people will use this coming weekend to stock up on groceries, last minute gifts, and maybe an extra bottle or two of sparkling wine.

“If you want to do all of your Christmas shopping online this year, you should order well in advance. Most online stores cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas after December 18th.

“Christmas shopping can be overwhelming, especially as the big day approaches. However, it's important to make sure you don't panic about spending more than you intended. & # 39;

Linda Wetherall, 69, from Rotherhithe, said: “I was afraid that the third step would hinder shopping. It's too late to be online, but I did it online.

“I'm going to mix with another household over Christmas.

Which stores are open and which are closed in Tier 3 London?

To open:

  • businesses
  • Hairdressers
  • gym
  • Outdoor entertainment centers
  • Public room

Closed:

  • Pubs, bars and cafes
  • Hotels
  • Theaters and cinemas

“Usually there are around 18 of us at the table and this year only four.

“If Boris turns everything off, I'd be sad, but there's a killer virus, so you have to turn everything off. I think he's damn if he does, damn if he doesn't. & # 39;

Massah Johnson, 30, said, “I'm going out so I had to do my Christmas shopping for my family in Africa.

“I wasn't worried about things getting closed because I'm used to it, but I think that's unnecessary.

"I'm very happy to be leaving so the rules don't apply to me."

Graham Bradley, 57, of the West End said, “I like coming out in the morning because there aren't too many people. Of course things could change before Christmas, but I think Boris doesn't want that.

“I think as long as people recognize the risk and be as careful as possible with their older members. My wife is in the hospital for Christmas and I am not allowed to see her.

“So I created a bubble with my two daughters who live together and they will come for Christmas. So we are actually working inside a bubble. Because my wife is in the hospital, we don't want to mix with any other family. & # 39;

Nancy Burbrige, 30, from North London, said: “I had a babysitter and took the opportunity to do Christmas shopping.

“I planned to leave yesterday because I thought the stores were closing, but obviously they'll stay open at level three.

“I thought the new rules would go into effect today, but no, they'll stay open anyway, so it doesn't matter. Things change a minute, a minute you can, a minute you can't.

“But I'm pretty relaxed, I'm honest. I spend Christmas at home with my family, my parents and myself. & # 39;

London and parts of Essex and Hertfordshire were moved under the third step curb at midnight, with restaurants being given less than 48 hours notice.

While some restaurants are relying on delivery for the new measures, other restaurants have warned that an "immense amount" of food and drink will be thrown in the trash.

A London restaurateur said moving to Tier 3 had already cost him £ 42,000 in lost bookings as well as a week of wasted inventory, and the breakfast group's chain said it would lose up to £ 50,000 in fresh food and beverages.

Looking ahead, Westminster City Council Chairman Rachael Robathan warned people "not to float in the West End just to see the New Year" amid concerns about the "security threats looming around New Year's Eve".

Restrictions are to be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet for five days during the holiday season, but the third tier pubs must remain closed.

A large amount of money changing hands are also expected to be seen on Sunday - £ 850 million from 8.5 million buyers - but it's an eight percent decrease from last year. Pictured: New Bong Street today

A large amount of money changing hands are also expected to be seen on Sunday – £ 850 million from 8.5 million buyers – but it's an eight percent decrease from last year. Pictured: New Bong Street today

People queue outside Louis Vuitton on New Bond Street in central London on Wednesday morning as they try to wrap up last minute Christmas presents

People queue outside Louis Vuitton on New Bond Street in central London on Wednesday morning as they try to wrap up last minute Christmas presents

The line at luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton went around the coroner as people with face covers waited in line

The line at luxury fashion brand Louis Vuitton went around the coroner as people with face covers waited in line

Wales' First Minister (pictured, Swansea) Mr Drakeford said: "The fewer people we mix in our homes, the less likely we are to catch or spread the virus."

Wales' First Minister (pictured, Swansea) Mr Drakeford said: "The fewer people we mix in our homes, the less likely we are to catch or spread the virus."

Clothing and groceries appear to be having an impact on the UK economy as inflation slowed in November and prices contracted due to tightened coronavirus restrictions.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced that consumer price index (CPI) inflation fell from 0.7 percent in October to 0.3 percent over the month. It was below the expectations of analysts, who had predicted that inflation would only fall to 0.6 percent.

Jonathan Athow, ONS assistant national business statistician, said: “With significant restrictions across the UK, inflation has slowed, mainly due to prices of clothing and food.

"Even after several months of vigorous growth, used car prices fell somewhat."

Asda is being forced to hire hundreds more security guards in its supermarkets in preparation for a huge surge in Christmas panic shoppers

Asda has announced that it will step up security measures in its stores in the face of a rush of shoppers before Christmas.

The supermarket chain announced that it will provide additional security on the doors of all 421 major superstores between December 19 and 24.

The additional security measures are intended to "protect colleagues and customers during the busy Christmas shopping".

Asda said it will add additional security guards to the Asda security marshals currently on duty outside each of its stores.

The retailer said its Qudini virtual queuing app is now also available in its stores.

Automatic counting technology was installed in Asda's 100 busiest stores to control access and help customers distance themselves socially.

According to the ONS, the cost of sliding clothing and shoes was the biggest contributor to lowering inflation, as shoppers saw prices 3.6 percent lower than the same month last year.

This was due to increased discounts as retailers wanted to try to increase online sales before Christmas while stores in England remained closed due to the second national lockdown.

The ONS also highlighted speculation that Black Friday sales were more spread out over the month than in previous years.

Groceries and soft drinks declined 0.6 percent year over November as vegetable and confectionery prices fell.

Fuels also put downward pressure on inflation as fuel prices fell in November on a persistent decline in demand as the pandemic weighed on travel.

Restaurants and hotels were one of the few areas that made a positive contribution to inflation as prices rose as the pandemic continued to weigh on business costs and hampered trade.

The retail price index (RPI), a separate measure of inflation, was 0.9 percent in November after 1.3 percent in the previous month.

The CPI, including owner-occupier housing costs (CPIH) – the ONS preferred measure of inflation – was 0.6 percent last month after 0.9 percent in October.

Jon Hudson, UK equity manager at Premier Miton Investors, said: & # 39; The November restrictions, unsurprisingly, caused the inflation rate to decline and remain well below the 2 percent target.

Looking ahead, there are signs of increasing inflationary pressures, such as For example, global commodity prices are rising, but the UK economy is currently too weak to be a problem.

"If a trade deal can be reached with the EU and the pound rises as a result, it will make it cheaper to import goods and services into the UK and further dampen the short-term inflation outlook."

Supermarket giant Asda announced yesterday that it will step up security measures in its stores before a rush of shoppers ahead of Christmas.

The chain announced that it will provide additional security on the doors of all 421 major superstores between December 19 and December 24.

Mr Drakeford (pictured Swansea today) announced outside-bubble swing restrictions, with all non-essential retail stores, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centers, to close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve. All hospitality rooms close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m.

Mr Drakeford (pictured Swansea today) announced outside-bubble swing restrictions, with all non-essential retail stores, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centers, to close at the end of trading on Christmas Eve. All hospitality rooms close on Christmas Day from 6 p.m.

The UK (Newcastle pictured) found itself in Christmas chaos today as Boris Johnson insisted that families should not be "criminalized" for partying in bubbles

The UK (Newcastle pictured) found itself in Christmas chaos today as Boris Johnson insisted that families should not be "criminalized" for partying in bubbles

The Prime Minister highlighted the risks of an increase in coronavirus cases, claiming that the five-day festive easing had been "unanimously" supported after days of dispute between the British nations. Pictured: Newcastle today

The Prime Minister highlighted the risks of an increase in coronavirus cases, claiming that the five-day festive easing had been "unanimously" supported after days of dispute between the British nations. Pictured: Newcastle today

Mr Johnson said plans persisted despite calls on all to "exercise extreme caution" - after ministers suggested waiting until Easter to celebrate. He will have a press conference with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty at 3:30 p.m. Pictured: Newcastle today

Mr Johnson said plans persisted despite calls on all to "exercise extreme caution" – after ministers suggested waiting until Easter to celebrate. He will have a press conference with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty at 3:30 p.m. Pictured: Newcastle today

In bloody clashes, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of ignoring the advice given by scientists over Christmas. But he shot back, accusing Sir Keir of lacking the courage to campaign for the easing to be lifted. Pictured: Newcastle

In bloody clashes, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer accused Mr Johnson of ignoring the advice given by scientists over Christmas. But he shot back, accusing Sir Keir of lacking the courage to campaign for the easing to be lifted. Pictured: Newcastle

The additional security measures are intended to "protect colleagues and customers during the busy Christmas shopping".

Asda said it will add additional security guards to the Asda security marshals currently on duty outside each of its stores.

The retailer said its Qudini virtual queuing app is now also available in its stores. Automatic counting technology has been installed in Asda's 100 busiest stores to control access and help people distance themselves socially.

Dixon's smartphone sales jump after online pandemic

Booming online sales during the pandemic helped electronics retailer Dixons Carphone make a half-year profit as it overcame the effects of store closures during curfew.

The stake in the owner of Currys PC World increased 11 percent as the six months ended October 31st legal profit before tax of £ 45 million, compared to losses of £ 86 million the previous year.

Like-for-like sales of electrical appliances in the UK and Ireland rose 16 percent while online sales rose 145 percent, offsetting the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on its stores.

The group, which typically makes most of its profits in the last six months of its fiscal year, announced that current trading remains buoyant and sales in the same store for the six weeks to December 12th despite store closings in the UK and the USA rose 16 percent, Greece.

On the underlying basis, the Group's pre-tax interim profit increased from £ 2m in the previous year to £ 89m.

Dixons Carphone gab an, Urlaubsunterstützung in Höhe von 103 Mio. GBP für Steuererleichterungen für Arbeitnehmer und Unternehmenssätze erhalten zu haben, das Job Retention Scheme jedoch seit Oktober nicht mehr angewendet zu haben.

Es hat nicht die Führung einer Reihe von Einzelhandelskonkurrenten bei der Rückzahlung der Unterstützung übernommen, aber der Geschäftsführer Alex Baldock bestand darauf, dass die Gruppe "für unsere Verwendung staatlicher Unterstützung verantwortlich war".

Er sagte: "Wir haben das Urlaubsprogramm verwendet, um Arbeitsplätze in der ersten Sperre zu erhalten, und haben das Programm in der zweiten überhaupt nicht verwendet."

Er fügte hinzu, dass die Gruppe aufgrund der erzwungenen Ladenschließungen gegen Rivalen "mit einem Arm hinter unserem Rücken" gehandelt habe, gab jedoch an, dass die Gruppe erwägen würde, eine gewisse Unterstützung zurückzuzahlen, wenn der starke Handel anhält.

"Die Aussichten sind noch ungewiss … wir haben noch eine Weile bis zum Ende unseres gesamten Jahres, also werden wir sehen", sagte er.

Die Gruppe gab auch bekannt, dass sie von der Überlastung der Containerhäfen betroffen war, mit Verzögerungen von bis zu zwei Tagen für einige ihrer Waren.

Ein Anstieg der Importe aufgrund der Covid-19-Pandemie und die Befürchtungen eines No-Deal-Brexit haben in den letzten Wochen zu Engpässen in britischen Häfen geführt.

Aber Dixons Carphone sagte, es könne mit den Verzögerungen umgehen und bereite sich schon lange auf die Unterbrechung des Brexit vor.

Susannah Streeter, Senior Investment- und Marktanalystin bei Hargreaves Lansdown, sagte: 'Dixons Carphone hat sich als eine der großen Gewinnerinnen der Pandemie im Einzelhandel herausgestellt und die E-Commerce-Revolution eindeutig begrüßt.

"Wenn die Geschäfte vollständig geöffnet sind, sollte Dixon Carphone dank seiner digitalen Leistungsfähigkeit in Kombination mit seinem persönlichen Service im Geschäft mit mehreren Produktkategorien unter einem Dach auf diesen beeindruckenden Ergebnissen aufbauen."

Anfang dieses Jahres kündigte Dixons Carphone einen Kosteneinsparungsplan in Höhe von 200 Millionen Pfund an, mit dem Hunderte von Arbeitsplätzen abgebaut wurden.

Davon entfallen rund 100 Mio. GBP auf das Mobilfunkgeschäft des Unternehmens, das nach der Schließung aller 531 Carphone Warehouse-Filialen einer umfassenden Überarbeitung unterzogen wurde. Dies spiegelte sich in den Ergebnissen wider, die einen Rückgang der Mobilfunkumsätze in Großbritannien und Irland um 54 Prozent zeigten, obwohl sich die Verluste von 44 Mio. GBP im Vorjahr auf 36 Mio. GBP verringerten.

Gestern fiel der Vermieter im West End, Shaftesbury, auf einen jährlichen Verlust von 699 Millionen Pfund, nachdem die Pandemie die Mieteinnahmen in Mitleidenschaft gezogen und die Immobilienwerte gesunken waren.

Shares in the company, whose properties include London's Carnaby Street, Chinatown and Seven Dials, fell after hitting a pre-tax loss in the twelve months to September after making £ 26 million last year.

The company said the loss was due to depreciation in property, which is highly exposed to the retail and hospitality sectors hard hit by the pandemic.

It said £ 698.5 million had been wiped off the value of his estate and its value had fallen 18.3 percent to £ 3.1 billion by September. Shaftesbury said rental income fell 24.2 percent to £ 74.3 million during the period.

The group's chairman, Brian Bickell, said: “Rarely in history has the world seen such a widespread disruption of normal life patterns. Only now are we seeing the first positive signs that conditions will improve in the coming year.

& # 39; The pandemic had a significant impact on our performance, particularly in the second half of the financial year. It has taken the footprint and trade off our hospitality and retail users, resulting in lower rental income, more vacancy, lower demand for users and a decline in property reviews. Our main priority was and is to support our occupiers during this time of disruption. & # 39;

Die Aktien des Unternehmens fielen gestern im frühen Handel um 3,7 Prozent auf 528,5 Pence.

Während der Pandemie sorgten boomende Online-Verkäufe dafür, dass der Elektrofachhändler Dixons Carphone einen Halbjahresgewinn erzielte, da er den Erfolg von Ladenschließungen während der Schließungen überwand.

Die Anteile am Eigentümer von Currys PC World stiegen um 11 Prozent, da in den sechs Monaten bis zum 31. Oktober ein gesetzlicher Gewinn vor Steuern von 45 Mio. GBP erzielt wurde, gegenüber Verlusten von 86 Mio. GBP im Vorjahr.

Der flächenbereinigte Umsatz mit Elektrogeräten in Großbritannien und Irland stieg um 16 Prozent, während der Online-Umsatz um 145 Prozent stieg, was die Auswirkungen der Covid-19-Beschränkungen auf seine Geschäfte ausgleichen konnte.

Die Gruppe, die normalerweise den größten Teil ihres Gewinns in den letzten sechs Monaten ihres Geschäftsjahres erzielt, gab bekannt, dass der derzeitige Handel weiterhin lebhaft ist und der Umsatz im gleichen Geschäft in den sechs Wochen bis zum 12. Dezember trotz Ladenschließungen in Großbritannien und den USA um 16 Prozent gestiegen ist Griechenland.

Auf der zugrunde liegenden Basis stieg der Zwischengewinn der Gruppe vor Steuern von 2 Mio. GBP im Vorjahr auf 89 Mio. GBP.

Dixons Carphone gab an, Urlaubsunterstützung in Höhe von 103 Mio. GBP für Steuererleichterungen für Arbeitnehmer und Unternehmenssätze erhalten zu haben, das Job Retention Scheme jedoch seit Oktober nicht mehr angewendet zu haben.

Es hat nicht die Führung einer Reihe von Einzelhandelskonkurrenten bei der Rückzahlung der Unterstützung übernommen, aber der Geschäftsführer Alex Baldock bestand darauf, dass die Gruppe "für unsere Verwendung staatlicher Unterstützung verantwortlich war".

Er sagte: "Wir haben das Urlaubsprogramm verwendet, um Arbeitsplätze in der ersten Sperre zu erhalten, und haben das Programm in der zweiten überhaupt nicht verwendet."

Er fügte hinzu, dass die Gruppe aufgrund der erzwungenen Ladenschließungen gegen Rivalen "mit einem Arm hinter unserem Rücken" gehandelt habe, gab jedoch an, dass die Gruppe erwägen würde, eine gewisse Unterstützung zurückzuzahlen, wenn der starke Handel anhält.

"Die Aussichten sind noch ungewiss … wir haben noch eine Weile bis zum Ende unseres gesamten Jahres, also werden wir sehen", sagte er.

Die Gruppe gab auch bekannt, dass sie von der Überlastung der Containerhäfen betroffen war, mit Verzögerungen von bis zu zwei Tagen für einige ihrer Waren.

Ein Anstieg der Importe aufgrund der Covid-19-Pandemie und die Befürchtungen eines No-Deal-Brexit haben in den letzten Wochen zu Engpässen in britischen Häfen geführt.

Aber Dixons Carphone sagte, es könne mit den Verzögerungen umgehen und bereite sich schon lange auf die Unterbrechung des Brexit vor.

Susannah Streeter, Senior Investment- und Marktanalystin bei Hargreaves Lansdown, sagte: 'Dixons Carphone hat sich als eine der großen Gewinnerinnen der Pandemie im Einzelhandel herausgestellt und die E-Commerce-Revolution eindeutig begrüßt.

"Wenn die Geschäfte vollständig geöffnet sind, sollte Dixon Carphone dank seiner digitalen Leistungsfähigkeit in Kombination mit seinem persönlichen Service im Geschäft mit mehreren Produktkategorien unter einem Dach auf diesen beeindruckenden Ergebnissen aufbauen."

Anfang dieses Jahres kündigte Dixons Carphone einen Kosteneinsparungsplan in Höhe von 200 Millionen Pfund an, mit dem Hunderte von Arbeitsplätzen abgebaut wurden.

About £100 million of this is related to the company's mobile business, which has suffered a major overhaul following the closure of all 531 Carphone Warehouse stores.

This was reflected in the results, which showed a 54 per cent plunge in UK and Ireland mobile revenues although losses narrowed to £36 million from £44 million a year ago.

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