Department store group Debenhams is set to give a trading update on Thursday and broker Panmure Gordon thinks the positives should include the strong womens-wear collection at the recent autumn/winter 2012 show, and something described as 'a market-leading front end multichannel proposition.'
That being said, the company is going up tough comparatives from a year ago at a time when the High Street is having a rough old time of it. On top of that, Debenhams has 20 of its stores undergoing refurbishment in the second half of its financial year, which is sure to disrupt sales.
The statement is set to cover trading in the 16 weeks to June 23rd, with numbers also provided for a 42-week period to the same date.
"For the 16 week period to be reported next week, we think that 1.4% GTV [gross transaction value] growth and 1.3% LFL [like-for-like] sales decline are reasonable estimates," Panmure Gordon said.
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