Virtually four-fifths of stand-alone argos shops will nearby 2024, because of the potential lack of a lot more than 3,500 tasks, as owner j sainsbury refocuses on food under new leader simon roberts.

Argos, which sainsburys obtained in 2016, presently features 583 shops and hundreds much more collection things within supermarkets. sainsburys stated that 120 stores that failed to reopen following the uks first covid-19 lockdown would today shut completely together with total estate will be cut to about 100 stores.

Simultaneously, up to 200 more argos collection things will be put into supermarkets and convenience shops and also the business said the lost tasks is significantly more than terminated out-by functions created somewhere else.

Mr roberts said that argos also non-food organizations, including sainsburys bank, must provide due to their clients and our investors in their own right.

He added that sainsburys expects returns and earnings from its financial product to increase on the after that five years despite sounding aside potential customers for the business and said that through the next three-years it could make argos a less complicated, more effective and much more profitable company.

The business in addition plans to close its beef, fish and delicatessen counters in supermarkets, citing lower client need and a necessity to lessen food waste. it stated it would use 600m conserved from this as well as other cost reductions to purchase new items and lower prices on each and every day basics.

The company stated it would reserve a 438m one off cost to mirror the expense of argos shop closures also strategic modifications, pressing the business into a first-half pre-tax losing 137m.

Fundamental earnings were 301m, above analysts objectives of approximately 281m as compiled by capital iq or over from 238m last year.

Product sales growth had been strong, with grocery product sales rising 8.2 percent. the half-year included almost all of the very first uk-wide lockdown actions, beginning in march, and so benefited through the transfer of spending from eating out to dining at home.

The organization also declared an unique dividend of 7.3p, having deferred a decision on a final dividend at the conclusion of the 2019-20 economic 12 months, and an interim dividend of 3.2p