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Deliveroo To Exit Netherlands, Loss Widens In First-Half

Britain's Deliveroo said it would quit the Netherlands after failing to gain a strong local position, as it reported a larger pretax loss in 'challenging market conditions' in the first half.

The food delivery company, which slashed its full-year revenue outlook last month after a sharp slowdown in its second quarter, reported a pretax loss of £147 million ($177 million) in the first half compared to a £95 million loss a year ago.

Gross Transaction Value

Deliveroo, which competes with Just Eat Takeaway and Uber Eats, said the Netherlands accounted for 1% of its gross transaction value (GTV), and a 'disproportionate' amount of investment would be needed to improve its market position.

It said it was working towards a potential date for the final day of operations towards the end of November.

The company, which has added McDonald's to its platform in Britain, its largest market, cut its full-year GTV growth forecast to 4-12% versus its previous forecast of 15-25% last month.

It said on Wednesday that GTV growth had slowed from 12% in its first-quarter to 2% in its second, reflecting the impact of increased consumer headwinds'.

Commitment 

Will Shu, founder and chief executive said he was committed to delivering profitable growth and reaching the milestone of profitability on the adjusted core earnings level.

"So far in 2022, we have made good progress delivering on our profitability plan, despite increased consumer headwinds and slowing growth during the period," he said.

"We remain confident in our ability to adapt financially to any further changes in the macroeconomic environment."

Read More: Deliveroo Slashes Revenue Outlook As UK Consumers Cut Spending

News by Reuters edited by Donna Ahern, Checkout. For more technology news click here. Click subscribe to sign up for the Checkout print edition.

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