Profit warnings reach seven-year high

Figures released by
& Young
show UK companies issued 114 profit warnings in the first
quarter as the credit crunch continued to take its toll, pushing the number of
warnings 11% higher than the same period last year.

‘Profit warnings remained above the 100 mark for the second quarter in a row,
driven by the deepening impact of the credit crunch and a record number of
retail warnings, Keith McGregor, E&Y restructuring partner, said.

General retailers led the increase, issuing 18 profit warnings during the
period; followed by support services firms at 14; software and computer
services; 13 and media and general financial companies, eight,
Press Association

‘The last time UK plc issued more than 100 profit warnings in consecutive
quarters it was 2001, when the end of the technology-led boom meant painful
readjustment,’ McGregor said.

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