Hamburg, 9 January 2015 – According to preliminary figures, Hamburg-based fashion jewellery company Bijou Brigitte achieved sales of EUR 335 million in the 2014 financial year, 5.9% down on the previous year’s figure of EUR 356 million.

In 2014, the Group took advantage of further exit opportunities in weaker markets and reduced the store network to 1,070 stores (previous year: 1,137). Altogether, Bijou Brigitte opened 39 stores.

Developments in sales were influenced by the ongoing downward trend in Southern Europe. The German segment was unable to match the success seen in the previous year and declined slightly. While the fall in sales in the Spanish segment progressively slowed down, the Portugal and Italy segments demonstrated a drop in sales caused by the crises. The “other countries” segment remained slightly behind expectations. Christmas trade was weaker than in the previous year, which also led to a shortfall against the sales forecast (-1.4%).

Further information about Group earnings and the dividend proposal is due to be published in the second half of March.

 

Contact for press enquiries:

Angela Gogolin
Business Press/Investor Relations
Tel.: +49 40 60609 – 1955
Fax: +49 40 6026409
Email: ir@bijou-brigitte.com

 

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