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British Retailer McColl's Warns Of Lower Profit As Product Shortages Intensify

By Donna Ahern
British Retailer McColl's Warns Of Lower Profit As Product Shortages Intensify

British convenience retailer McColl's forecast lower annual profit on Wednesday, as a shortage of lorry drivers and insufficient supply of key products intensified in the fourth quarter and hit revenue, sending its shares down 33%.

As of 0808 GMT, shares hit a record low of 11.7 pence and were headed for the worst day in their seven-year period as a listed entity.

McColl's said it is working with its wholesale partner, Morrisons, to restore product availability, but have been unable to entirely mitigate the impact of supply chain issues to stores, leading to significantly lower-than-anticipated revenue.

'Tighter Labour Markets'

Retailers globally are grappling with tighter labour markets and stagnant supply chains as economies reopen from pandemic curbs, while Britain is also coping with a shortage of workers from the European Union due to Brexit.


"It is disappointing to see supply chain issues worsen through the second half, but external factors have not eased, and continue to impact much of the UK economy," Jonathan Miller, chief executive officer said.

Store Network 

McColl's, which has a network of 1,265 convenience stores and news agents across England, Scotland and Wales, now expects to deliver a core profit between £20 million and £22 million ($26.93 million-$29.62 million) for the 12 months through 28 November.

Last year, the company reported a core profit of £29.1 million.

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