Argos sales dip, but toys perform well

The retailer's chief exec admits trading conditions "have proved to be more difficult and volatile than anticipated."
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Results from the Home Retail Group revealed Argos' total sales declined 8.1 per cent to £817 million in the 13 weeks up to May 28th – a like-for-like drop of 9.6 per cent. 

Argos attributed the decline to poor TV and video games sales, but reported that 'toys and seasonal products performed well in the quarter.'

Terry Duddy, chief executive of Home Retail Group, commented: "For Argos, the consumer electronics market represents a substantial proportion of its sales and has experienced a further significant decline. The difficulty of this market, together with the volatility of overall sales, has made the balance of the year more difficult to predict.

"While we remain cautious for the balance of the financial year, we are focused on our operational performance while continuing to invest across the businesses," he added.

Argos opened at four new locations during the quarter, taking the store portfolio to 755, while growing its online business.

Downloads of the Argos iPhone app reached 1.7 million and internet represented a 'strong' 33 per cent of Argos’ sales, a small like-for-like increase.

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