Discount shop team pepco would be to push forward with countless new stores in east and southern europe, even as its likely currency markets first is placed back and covid-19 curtails sales.

The teams chief executive, andy bond, said the teams money place stayed powerful and there is no reason to wait open positions, specially considering the fact that discount formats had a tendency to thrive during economic downturns.

Our store opening programme continues and people brand-new shops which have exposed tend to be about on plan, he added. the profits on return is great why would we hesitate? our consumers and our investors desire us to open up much more shops.

The group opened 150 stores when you look at the 6 months on end of march. many were the clothing-led pepco format. it intends to introduce 300 or maybe more when you look at the full 12 months.

Nonetheless it said on tuesday that first-half pre-tax profit contracted 16 per cent to 89m as lockdowns pushed the closure in excess of half the pepco property during the peak of this pandemic. eastern european countries locked down earlier and harder than other locations hence harmed our company truth be told there, said mr bond.

Despite lockdowns eased, sales had been 15 per cent of the normal levels, and although obtained continued to recoup and are usually above pre-pandemic expectations, they've been still upon a same-store foundation.

Just because stores are available does not always mean instantly we are returning to normal, stated mr bond. our primary buyers tend to be mums with kids so that the biggest trigger point for normality is young ones going back to college. whats happening now is maybe not indicative of in which well be in october or november.

In the united kingdom almost all of the groups poundland shops stayed open as crucial shops, but their prejudice towards high-street locations designed they traded at 60 per cent of typical amounts. poundland as well as its cousin format dealz account fully for about a fifth of group running profit.

Mr bond included that the group remained in amicable and constructive talks with landlords regarding the 130 shops that closed during lockdown, though shops that stayed open had continued to pay for rent as regular.

Mr bond additionally acknowledged the shift to ecommerce throughout the pandemic, but stated that the teams typical container size of 5 implied it had been difficult to result in the sums add up.

The strategic barriers to it becoming a large element of business stay there but really hold examining it, he said.

However, an initial public supplying in london is from the agenda for now. were focused on having the business back to regular. its not a thing were also considering at present.

Pepcos mother or father company, south african conglomerate steinhoff, desires to sell or float the business so that you can reduce its indebtedness following an important bookkeeping scandal.