Mulberry rebounds to profit amid lower costs and online boost

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British luxury house Mulberry has swung back to profit for the past year after reducing costs and growing online sales.

Shares in the London-listed firm jumped on Wednesday morning after it posted a £4.6m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 March, compared with a £47.9m pre-tax loss in the previous year.

The group said it returned to profitability despite a slump in revenues after being forced to shut down retail stores due to the pandemic lockdowns.

It told shareholders that group revenues dropped by 23% to £115m for the year. However, this was more than offset by lower impairment costs and operating expenses for the year.

Mulberry added that group revenues for the current financial year to date are up 45% against the same period last year.

It said retail revenues are 30% higher on the back of a “strong recovery” in the UK and continued growth in Asia.

Mulberry CEO Thierry Andretta said: “I have been immensely proud to lead Mulberry this year. In the last 12 months our teams have faced enormous challenges posed by the global health crisis and have responded with resilience, resolve and passion.

“We have been able to leverage our leading omni-channel position, achieving very strong growth in Asia, and have served the communities in which we operate, including repurposing our factories to produce over 15,000 reusable PPE gowns for frontline NHS workers.

“We have delivered a robust financial performance and have made good strategic progress in our journey to build Mulberry as a leading sustainable global luxury brand.”

Shares in the company increased by 7% to 310.4p in early trading.