Hamburg, Germany, 14 October 2020 – In the first half of 2020 the development of the Bijou Brigitte Group’s sales and profit was significantly affected by the measures taken by governments to counteract the spread of the coronavirus. Due to the reopening of stores and the slightly improved economic mood, some signs of recovery were recorded in the third quarter. However, these were recently counteracted by the renewed increase in coronavirus infections in Spain and Portugal, among other countries. The Bijou Brigitte Group recorded preliminary Group sales of EUR 153.5 million in the first three quarters of the 2020 financial year (30 September 2019: EUR 241.3 million; -36.4%). 
As of 30 September 2020, the store network comprised 1,017 stores (31 December 2019: 1,042). The company expects the number of stores in the Bijou Brigitte Group at the close of 2020 to be moderately lower than in the previous year.
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