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Coin Q1 flat as cost cuts offset weak sales rise

By
Reuters
Published
Jun 10, 2009

MILAN, June 10 (Reuters) - Italian retailer Gruppo Coin SpA's (GCN.MI) first-quarter results were flat as cost cuts offset weak sales, the company said on Wednesday 10 June.



Net profit for the quarter ended April 30 was unchanged at 800,000 euros ($1.13 million), Coin, Italy's biggest listed retailer by market value, said in a statement.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation rose 1.1 percent to 22.7 million euros. Sales including under concession agreements rose 1.5 percent to 271 million euros.

"In order to offset weak consumption, for the second quarter running, the group has worked intensively on efficiency and particular on containing operating costs," it said.

First-quarter operating costs were unchanged at 135 million euros even though the chain has added 60 outlets, it said.

February and March sales suffered from rainy days.

The cost efforts, increased sales network and improved margins will be fundamental for growth in future results even if consumer demand remains weak, it said. (Writing by Nigel Tutt; Editing by Hans Peters) ($1=.7087 Euro)

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