On Tuesday 9 December ASOS is due to release its first-quarter figures. Sales for the online fashion retailer are expected to increase slowly from £245.7 million up to £255 million.
It has been a tough year for the online retailer, having previously been the rising star in the retail community with its cutting-edge moves on the internet. This new status was dented with growth figures at the beginning of the year coming in slightly weaker than expected.
In June this year, one of the company’s three warehouses suffered serious damage following a blaze that police suspect was the work of an arsonist. This cost the company an estimated £30 million in lost sales and damaged over 20% of the company’s stock.
Black Friday, the day that signals the start of the sales season for retailers, got off to an inauspicious start as sales looked to come in down by 11%. Most of the blue sky that had been attributed to the company has now disappeared and a return to sales growth might be required to revive this.
Since June, the shares have spent the majority of their time trading in a range between £30-£20 and have spent most of the last month bouncing along with the 50- and 100-day moving averages for company. An equally undecided mindset has held over institutional analysts. Of the 24 posting recommendations, five are strong buys, five are buys, nine are holds, four are sells and one is a strong sell.