Asos shares slide despite profit rise

Asos shares slide despite profit rise
Online fashion retailer Asos has seen its shares slump 9% in early trading, despite posting a 10% rise in half-year profits to £29.9m.

The firm also reported retail sales of £1.13bn for the six months to 28 February, up 27% compared to the same period in the previous year.

The shares fell as Asos said it would reinvest up to £250m in its operations.

Nicholas Hyett of Hargreaves Lansdown said the firm s costs "seem to have a life of their own".

"Any retailer growing at 20% plus a year will need to invest, but what s disappointing about Asos is its tendency to underestimate capital expenditure requirements by some tens of millions a year," he added.

"That the rapid growth isn t delivering any meaningful margin benefits only adds to the frustration."

So far this year, Asos has spent about £95m on its business.

Half has gone on technology and transformation programmes and half on physical infrastructure across its supply chain and head office.

Asos chief executive Nick Beighton said: "These results show strong trading at the same time as we are making substantial investment in our future.

"Our customer engagement is going from strength to strength and we ve achieved more than a billion site visits for the first time.

"Alongside our investment in our people and our technology, we are accelerating investment in our distribution and logistics, laying the foundation for £4bn of net sales, a further step in building Asos into the world s number one destination for fashion-loving 20-somethings."
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