Hamburg, 13 January 2014 – According to preliminary figures, Bijou Brigitte, Germany’s leading fashion jewellery company, achieved Group sales of EUR 356 million during the 2013 financial year. This result is in line with the Group’s projections (previous year: EUR 360.8 million; -1.3%). In the German segment, sales were significantly increased (+6% over the previous year). The various actions taken to expand the position as market leader took hold here and more than made up for a weak holiday sales season. Decreases in sales were still noted in the southern European segments due to the economic crisis. Revenue in the ‘other countries’ segment also decreased.
Bijou Brigitte placed increased emphasis on optimising its stores in the past financial year. Across Europe, more than 140 sites have been equipped with the newest store concept.
The store network in southern Europe has also been strengthened. As part of the consolidation, 70 shops in weaker segments were closed. At the same time, the company opened 41 new sites across the Group. Its international network therefore comprised 1,137 stores as of 31 December 2013 (31 December 2012: 1,166).
Information about Group earnings for 2013 as well as the recommendation for a dividend payment for the past financial year will likely be published in the second half of March 2014.