// Games Workshop to begin making trade sales in Europe & North America this week
// It will accept online orders on its website from May 1
Games Workshop has confirmed that it will begin making trade sales in Europe and North America this week and will take online orders from May.
The decision comes after the retailer implemented changes across its warehouse operations to enable social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While most Games Workshop stores remain closed, a small number have reopened in China, The Netherlands and Scandinavia.
The retailer said it would continue to reopen more stores across the world as and when government restrictions are lifted.
“As stated previously, trading for the group in the nine months to the end of February was in line with expectations,” Games Workshop said in a statement.
“However, since the outbreak of Covid-19 and the subsequent closure of our operations globally, our performance has been impacted.
“As we are now reopening our sales channels as discussed above, we estimate our profit before tax for the year ended May 31 2020 to be no less than £70 million.”
Earlier this year, Games Workshop hailed record sales and profits in its half-year report and was upbeat about its Christmas performance, as it continued to defy the challenges plaguing the retail sector.
For the six months to December 1, the miniature fantasy figuines retailer said its pre-tax profit rose 44 per cent year-on-year to £58.6 million.
Half-year sales grew 19 per cent to £148.4 million, while on a constant currency basis sales were up by 16 per cent to £145.6 million.