New Mulberry pricing strategy pays off

Model Cara Delevingne poses at a photocall to launch the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection during London Fashion Week. Picture: Getty
Model Cara Delevingne poses at a photocall to launch the Mulberry Cara Delevingne Collection during London Fashion Week. Picture: Getty
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a BACK-to-basics policy seems to paying off for British handbag maker Mulberry after sales were given a lift in the opening weeks of its new financial year.

The group has spent the past year reconnecting with its roots in affordable luxury after a push even further upmarket backfired, triggering profit warnings and the departure of then chief executive Bruno Guillon.

Pre-tax profit for the year to 31 March tumbled 74 per cent to £4.5 million, while wholesale revenue was down 29 per cent on lower demand. It proposed an unchanged dividend of 5p.

Retail sales inched up 1 per cent to £109.9m, but recovered strongly in the second half – up 9 per cent – thanks to the push to sell more sub-£1,000 bags.

That positive sales trend has continued into its new financial year, with total sales up 17 per cent for the ten weeks to 6 June, and up by 15 per cent on a like-for-like basis.

Chief exceutive Thierry Andretta said: “I am pleased that the strategy we approved as a board last year is beginning to bear fruit.”

SCOTT REID