Debenhams mulls sale of Danish operation to raise cash

Debenhams Magasin du Nord

Debenhams has said it was looking into the possibility of offloading its Danish operations in order to cut costs and raise cash just days after it posted yet another profit warning for the year.

The department store retailer said it was trying to find ways to cut costs as it works through its turnaround scheme, and suggested that it was reviewing options for Magasin du Nord, its Danish department store fascia.

The retailer said Magasin du Nord “continues to be a profitable business”, almost 10 years since it acquired it for £12.3 million in an attempt to gain a strong foothold in mainland Europe.

Magasin du Nord currently has six stores, and there were plans to open a seventh in 2018.

Earlier this week, Debenhams’ trading update for the fiscal year to date included another profit warning of the year.

The retailer said it expected full-year pre-tax profits to come in between £35 million and £40 million, down from previous estimates of £50.3 million.

Debenhams said this meant further cost cuts were now on the horizon, as it strives to focus on “self-help and prioritising cash generation”.

“We also intend to conduct a strategic review of non-core assets, aiming to focus investment behind our strategy,” it said.

While it blamed competitor discounting and challenging market conditions for its latest results, Debenhams said it was still on track to deliver £20 million in cost savings as part of its Debenhams Redesigned turnaround plans.

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  1. The place is going down the pan. I’ve been working for them for over 30years. Terrible, terrible place to work. Morale is at an all time low. Seems only a matter of time before the place goes completely. I just want my redundancy.

  2. Living in the dark ages relying on a core customer base who are out of touch with reality. £50 million on warehouse upgrades probably a mistake now looking at results.


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